This should quicken the pulse of at least a few ornament nerds out there. I know I'm not completely alone. Yeah, you know who you are. This is my second post on the subject of the extremely rare full color set of engravings, hand-painted in gouache, of Raphael's incredible designs for the Vatican Loggia.
I posted an enormous set with 277 large format details, taken directly from the original engravings, on my Flickr page. You won't find these anywhere else, you lucky lucky bastards. Except if you happen to own one of the only three full surviving color sets, of course. In which case I hate you.
For information on the engravings themselves, and background to the Vatican loggia, see this earlier post on my blog.
|Wearing black ski masks, and suspended from the ceiling so as not to trip the alarms
|Here's an oblique detail showing the beautiful gilding on the Noah's Ark panel