Gruner, Ludwig (1801-82; German), after Raphael (1483-1520; Italian)
The Martyrdom of St Stephen 1867
Engraving, c.40 x 38 cm
Acquired by 1894
Present location unknown

Engraved for the Arundel Society after Raphael’s Vatican tapestry, like * Gruner after Raphael Conversion of Saul 1864 {by 1894} Loc? [PR].

The position in the Sistine Chapel for which this particular tapestry was originally intended, to the right of the altar, is now occupied by the lower right section of Michelangelo’s Last Judgement (1535-41), including the famous figures of Minos and Charon.

[photo: British Museum impression]


NGV 1894, p.109 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 2nd bay, no.50); NGV 1905, p.123 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.38) 

For the British Museum impression illustrated here, see

For Raphael’s Sistine Chapel tapestries (begun in 1515 and completed by 1521), see e.g. Luitpold Dussler, Raphael: a Critical Catalogue, Phaidon, 1971, pp.101ff.; and John Shearman in Carlo Pietrangeli & others, The Sistine Chapel, New York, 1986, pp.88-91. For the Last Judgement, see Pierluigi de Vecchi in the same volume (Pietrangeli & others, 1986), pp.176ff., esp.pp.204-5 (illustrating the lower right corner). See also * Béatrizet after Michelangelo: The Last Judgement {by 1894} Loc? [PR]