RAFFAELLO Sanzio
(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

Jacob's Dream

1518-19
Fresco
Loggia on the second floor, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican

Raphael's pupils - among them Giulio Romano, Gianfrancesco Penni, Vincenzo Tamagni, Perin del Vaga and Polidoro da Caravaggio - executed the cycle of the Bible stories. The episodes were painted in the ceiling vaults, within differently shaped frames. Together they form a swarm of figures, isolated and in groups, arranged in an extraordinary variety of compositions and poses.