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Raphael and the Pope’s Librarian

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

31 Oct 2019 - 30 Jan 2020

Isabella Stewart Gardner was the first collector to bring a painting by Raphael to America, and this exhibition examines the story behind the portrait’s acquisition – and that of the man it depicts, the papal librarian Tommaso Inghirami. Presented alongside Raphael’s portrait is a contemporaneous painting of an incident that took place in 1508, in which Inghirami was injured when he fell under an ox-cart, on loan from the Vatican Museums. Find out more from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s website.

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Tommaso Inghirami (c. 1510), Raphael.

Tommaso Inghirami (c. 1510), Raphael. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Ex-voto of Tommaso Inghirami Fallen under an Ox-Cart in Rome (c. 1508), Raphael.

Ex-voto of Tommaso Inghirami Fallen under an Ox-Cart in Rome (c. 1508), attributed to Raphael. Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Procession of Pope Sylvester I (c. 1516-1517), Raphael.

Procession of Pope Sylvester I (c. 1516–17), Raphael. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

1898 news clipping from the Boston Post titled 'Fine Raphael Found by Mrs. Jack Gardner'.

Boston Post newspaper clipping (c. 1898) with the headline ‘Fine Raphael Found by Mrs. Jack Gardner’. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Raphael Room, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (1903), Thomas E. Marr and Son.

The Raphael Room at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, photographed in 1903 by Thomas E. Marr and Son. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston