About the Artwork

Count Tommaso Inghirami served Pope Julius II as librarian. Raphael knew Inghirami well, which may partially explain the nuanced vitality of the portrait. According to Henry James, Raphael’s work was “semi-sacred.” While many American collectors failed to acquire authentic examples in a market flooded with copies, this portrait, purchased in 1898, was the first Raphael to reach the United States. Of special importance to Gardner, this painting was the only one to receive a lengthy entry in her handwritten catalogue, The Paintings of Fenway Court, in 1917.

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Gardner Museum Custom Prints is your exclusive source for custom reproductions authorized and available for purchase directly from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. All items that are offered are produced using gallery-quality materials and the color is managed in a manner that produces a reproduction as true to the original as modern technology will allow.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering, so come back often to see our new releases.


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