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Rafael Von Urbino Und Sein Vater Giovanni Santi Von J.D. Passavant. In Zwei Theilen Mit Vierzehn Abbildungen. Erster Theil. (Zweiter Theil.)

Johann David Passavant

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Leipzig:: F.A. Brockhaus., 1839.

Physical Description

2 vols. + atlas of plates; 223 mm. (text vols.), 614 mm. (atlas).

General Note

Vol. I: xxxvi, 592 p. - Vol. II: [vi], 705, [1] p. - Vol. III [atlas of pl.]: 13 pl. on 12 leaves. Pl. 5, 6 printed on one leaf. Pl. 3, 13 consist of 2 images each.


Vol. I: [Half t., t.p., dedic.] - Vorwort - Inhalt - [Text] - Anhang I-XVII. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p. ] - Inhalt - [Text] - Register der sämmtlichen Werke Rafael's - Namen-Register - Berichtigungen. - Vol. III: [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Texts in the appendix in Volume I include documents written by Raphael.

In the volume of plates, most plates name the source-artist - Raphael, or his father, Giovanni Santi (pl. 2,3). All - apart from pl. 13, which is unsigned - are signed with the names of draughtsmen, Ramboux (pl.2), J.D. Passavant (pl. 4, 7, 9, 12), F. Calendi (pl. 5, 6), Temmel (pl. 8), Franz Schubert (pl. 10) or L. Gruner (pl. 11), and by the engravers, Witthöft (pl. 1), L. Gruner (pl. 2, 5-11) or Ant. Krüger (pl. 3) or lithographer, L. Zoellner (pl. 4, 12).

The work is dedicated to the Administration of the Städel'sches Kunstinstitut Zu Frankfurt A.M.


On Passavant see W. Waetzoldt, Deutsche Kunsthistoriker, II (rev. 2, 1965), p.14-29.

The context of this publication is studied in T. Borenius, 'The rediscovery of the Primitives', in Quarterly Review, 239 (1923 April), p.258-70; C. von Klenze, 'The growth of interest in early Italian masters from Tischbein to Ruskin', in Modern philology, 4 (1906), p.207-74.

Summary Note

A publication date of 1837 is carried on plate 9 (other plates are undated).

This biography and catalogue drew on a wealth of documentation throughout Europe, and have been described as forming 'a landmark in Raphael studies'. Sir Charles Eastlake R.A. reviewed the work (reprinted in his Contributions to the literature of the fine arts (1848), p.180-271).

The plates are captioned, and show: 1. Contrada Del Monte In Urbino; 2. Altarblatt Der Familie Buffi; 3. Rafael im Alter von drei Jahren; 4. Rafael Santi nach einer Zeichnung von sich selbst, im. Besitz des Herrn. Jeremias Harmann in London; 5. Rafael Santi; 6. Rafaels Geliebte; 7. Giuliano De' Medici; 8. Crucifix In Der Gallerie Des Cardinals Fesch; 9. Der Vision Eines Ritters; 10. Christus Auf Dem Oelberg; 11. Altarblatt Der Familie Ansidei, In Blenheim; 12. Facsimile Eines Sonetto Von Rafael in der Sammlung des Britischen Museum; 13. Façade des Palastes Rafaels nach seinem Plane von Bramante erbaut; Grundriss der Peterskirche nach Rafaels Plan.

A revision was published in 1858; an abridged English translation, in 1872.

As part of his research for this book Passavant visited Britain, and his account of the collections which he examined was published in his Kunstreise durch England und Belgien (1833) (English translation, Tour of a German artist in England, 1836, repr. 1978).


Vols. I. and II. are inscribed in ink on the front endpapers, 'Bequest of Sr. A.W. Callcott'.

Copy Note

Vol. I is inscribed in ink on the front endpaper, 'Sir Aug. Wall Callcott der Verfasser'.

Binding Note

[Text volumes:] 19th-century half calf, brown paper-covered boards; red and black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Rafael Von Urbino &c - Passavant' and 'Theil. I. (II.)', spine lettered 'R.A. Leipzig 1839'. - [Atlas volume:] 19th-century half red morocco, red marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Pasavant - Raphael - Atlas' and 'R.A'

Name as Subject


Painters, Italian - Paintings, Italian - Architecture - Portraits - Italy - History - 15th century - 16th century - Renaissance
Christian art and symbolism
Art history - Catalogues - Biography - Germany - 19th century
Pictorial works - Germany - 19th century