Turner Bequest CLXXIX 16
Inscribed by the artist in pencil with various notes on the loggia decorations [see main catalogue entry]
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘16’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIX 16’ bottom right
The Creation of Eve by Tommaso Vincidor (1493–1536).1 Turner has inscribed the sketch ‘V Light’ and ‘Gn’, and additionally has noted ‘Lake Robe | is V Light in the Mass | as Light as W Beard | Eve beautiful Col | Adam B’[?Sani]’.
The Fall (or Original Sin) by Vincidor and Pellegrino da Modena (1460–1523).2 Inscribed beneath ‘Cold [?Round] Flesh [?c...] [?t...] [...] Gr’.
The Expulsion from the Garden (or The Expulsion from Paradise) by Vincidor.3 Inscribed with colour notes ‘V L Y’ (i.e. Very Light Yellow) and ‘Yellow | Bl’.
The Labours of Adam and Eve by ?Vincidor.4 Inscribed ‘Lake’ and ‘Gr’ within the scene and ‘Gold’ in the top left-hand corner. To the left, Turner has further noted, with reference to the corner of the vault, ‘Blue Ground White Bor[der] | Lilac Spandrel | Yellow Balls | B and D Red’.
The grotesque decorations from one of the corners, which is symmetrically repeated in the other four. The component parts are variously annotated with colour notes ‘Green Red | and White Balls | and Cho G’, ‘Gold on Blue’, ‘Cho Gr [?Gr | 15]’ and ‘B and W’.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Details of the Decorations of Raphael’s Loggia in the Vatican: The Frescoes of ‘Raphael’s Bible’ from the Second Vault of the Ceiling 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www