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Image of Copy from Donatello's "Miracle of the Miser's Heart" (recto) 29263



Workshop of Raphael (School of Raphael, after Donatello)


Copy from Donatello's "Miracle of the Miser's Heart" (recto)

Creation Date



early 16th century


10 1/16 in. x 8 in. (25.56 cm. x 20.32 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Italian

Medium and Support

pen and brown ink on paper

Credit Line

Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III


Public Domain

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This drawing was inspired by one of Donatello’s reliefs for the high altar of Padua’s Sant’ Antonio church and was likely executed by a member of Raphael’s studio. Raphael himself incorporated elements from Donatello’s relief in several of his own paintings. The three figures in the center of this composition, for instance, appear on the right edge of Raphael’s “School of Athens” in the Vatican’s Stanza della Segnatura. This piece was among the first old master drawings to arrive in the United States at some point during the second quarter of the eighteenth century. It was bequeathed by the College’s founding benefactor James Bowdoin III in 1811, together with 70 paintings and 140 other old master drawings.

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