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Abstract: This thesis looks at an unfulfilled commission requested by Alfonso
d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara, from Raphael Sanzio, circa 1514. The painting in question was
meant for the Duke's Camerino, a study that would have held works by the most eminent
painters of his day. Scholars have disagreed as to why Raphael did not complete this
commission. This thesis proposes that the incompletion ... read moreof the commission was not a matter
of simple procrastination or patron politics. First, I look at the commission in the
context of the goals and expectations of both the patron and artist. Then, by comparing his
typical workshop practices with those used for directly competitive commissions, I conclude
that Raphael saw the Camerino as a heightened instance of competition. The demands of a
competitive commission disrupted his normal workshop practice and were too great for the
artist to complete before his premature death.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Art and Art History.
Advisor: Cristelle Baskins.
Committee: Daniel Abramson, and Nicole Bensoussan.
Keyword: Art History.read less