Raphaels discovered in Haarlem Teylers Museum

The head curator recently reattributed the works to the artist



The Teylers Museum, Haarlem, is proud to say that it has three Raphael drawings, after the Dutch museum's head curator—with help from a colleague in Vienna—recently reattributed the works to the artist. The drawings have been in the collection since 1790 when they were acquired in Rome from the Odescalchi family, six years after the founding of the museum. Michiel Plomp, the museum's head curator, and Achim Gnann, the curator at the Albertina, are now convinced they are by Raphael because of the well-observed foreshortening, treatment of light and sculptural quality. Although once attributed to Raphael, Flying Putto with the Attributes of Vulcan, 1518 (right), was later thought to be by Giulio Romano, Joshua Addressing the Israelites at Shechem, 1516-18, by Gianfrancesco Penni and Portrait of a Young Man, 1515-17 (left), by Francesco Bacchiacca. The catalogue of the Teyler's Italian drawings published in 2000 attributes them to Raphael's studio. They are due to be included in a major Raphael show at the Teylers (28 September-6 January 2013).

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Raphaels discovered in Haarlem'