Copy after Raphael's Vatican Loggia Fresco : God Shows Noah the Rainbow of the Covenant

WAG 1995.220


One of a series of eight drawings copying the now barely visible monochrome frescoes on the Vatican Loggias or Long Gallery. These were painted by Raphael's pupils and his workshop after his designs. The Gallery is divided up into 13 square vaults, with four frescoes within each vault. It was commissioned by a member of the Medici family, Pope Leo X, whose biography in English was first written by William Roscoe, one of the owners of this drawing. The Walker's drawings are in the same orientation as Bartoli's engravings of the frescoes. This drawing (WAG 1995.220) shows the third bay of the ground-level frieze of the Loggia. It depicts God showing Noah the rainbow, which was the sign of the Covenant between God and Man (Genesis Chapter 9 verses 11-17).