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Lot 193

After Raphael School of Athens Painting

Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000

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Large oil on canvas painting after Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520). Reproduction painting depicting perhaps his most famous artwork, the fresco "The School of Athens" (1509-1511). With a metal plaque identifying the artwork. The number 4 is painted along the lower left corner. The original fresco is located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. It is part of a series of rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello. The painting depicts noted Greek philosophers and mathematicians including Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Archimedes, and Heraclitus. The Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are also present in the painting and are depicted as Plato and Heraclitus respectively.

Provenance: Joseph Burnett, Southborough, Massachusetts; Donated from previous to San Francisco State University, 1930, displayed in their library until the 1970s.

Sight; height: 65 1/2 in x width: 45 1/2 in. Framed; height: 56 in x width: 76 1/2 in.


Dust collected to the surface. Craquelure throughout, particularly to the lower center, there is a spiral crack visible. The original canvas appears to be affixed to another piece of canvas; along the margins, the underlying canvas is visible. The underlying canvas is heavily toned, which is also visible from the verso. Along the margins, there are white unidentified accretions collected. Along the margins, particularly along the left margin, there are wear and paint losses, possibly against the previous frame. Throughout the recto, there are three minute white accretions adhered to the surface. To the upper right quadrant, there is light vertical and horizontal line marks, which are not visible at arm's length; please see the listing image. From the verso, the canvas is heavily toned and has soiling. Heavy wear to the frame as shown in the listing image.

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