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The Constellations
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
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Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))

The Constellations

XVI century. Oil on canvas Not on display

The sphere of the heavens appears in the foreground, filled with stars and held from above by an angel. At the bottom, a blank scroll.

This painting and its companions (P306 to P312) are copies of cartoons for the mosaics at the Chigi Chapel in the Roman church of Santa Maria del Popolo. Those cartoons were made by Raphael and the mosaics, by Alvise della Pace in 1516.

The paintings are from the royal collections and were brought to Spain by Rubens in 1603 as gifts from the Duke of Mantua to the Duke of Lerma. They were part of the decoration of Philip IV´s Salón Planetario (Planetary Hall) at the Buen Retiro Palace.

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Inventory number
P000312
Author
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
Title
The Constellations
Date
XVI century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 174 cm.; Width: 130 cm.
Series
Copias de los Cartones para mosaicos de la Capilla Chigi, Santa María del Popolo, Roma
Provenance
Royal Collection (Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, cuarto del infante don Luis-pinturas apeadas, 1772, nº 209).

Bibliography +

Madrazo, Pedro de, Viaje artístico de tres siglos por las colecciones de cuadro, Daniel Cortezo y Cª, Barcelona, 1884, pp. 102.

Dayot, Armand, Le Prado de Madrid, I, Editions Pierre Lafitte, Paris, 1914, pp. 153.

Martín González, Juan José1923-2009, Exposicion Conmemorativa del IV Centenario del Nacimiento de, Direccion General del Patrimonio..., Valladolid, 1977.

Barghahn, Barbara Von, Philip IV and the Golden House of the Buen Retiro in the Tradition of Caesar, Garland PublishingInc, Nueva York. Londres, 1986, pp. 210/ lám.815.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº20.

Ruiz Manero, Jose María, Pintura italiana del siglo XVI en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 1996.

Other inventories +

Inv. Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1772. Núm. 209.
Quarto del Infante don Luis - de las apeadas [...] {15250} 209 / Vna figura de un Angel sobre un globo copia de Rafael de dos varas y quarta de alto vara y media de ancho

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 20.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 20.
Copia de Rafael. / 20. Las constelaciones. / Un Ángel esta poblando de estrellas el globo. / Alto 6 pies, 3 pulg; ancho 4 pies, 8 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 380.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 312.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 312.

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Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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