Cast of a bust of Raphael, 1833
RA Collection: Art
On free display in Central Hall
This is a plaster cast of Giuseppe Fabris' bronze bust of Raphael (1833), which is located in a niche above Raphael’s tomb in the Pantheon, Rome. Fabris’ bust was itself made to replace an earlier marble bust by Paolo Naldini (1674) which in 1820 was moved to the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
This is one of eight busts of artists and architects installed in the 'Octagon' in the Main Galleries at Burlington House when the RA moved there in 1868. It lacks the shoulders of Fabris’ bust.
Maria H. Loh, Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master, Princeton, 2015, pp.44-6.
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