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A drawing by Raphaël for Warsaw

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4/7/24 - Acquisition - Warsaw, Royal Castle Museum - Some drawings take on a whole new dimension - and a whole new price tag - when the identity of their author is revealed. For example, a Saint Sebastian drawn in pen by Leonardo da Vinci was rediscovered in 2017 (see article). Similarly, a young nude man drawn by Michelangelo after Masaccio was offered by Christie’s in 2022 (see the news item of 28/9/19). Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, along with Raphael, form the essential trio of Italian Renaissance artists. The latter is also the author of a male figure drawn in pen and brown ink on a sheet to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York in 2019.
The work then found its way onto the English art market. It was finally purchased by the Royal Castle of Warsaw in December 2023. Its…

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