Ref NoAPO/1/17
TitleRaphael (1483-1520)
Admin/Biog HistoryRaphael was an early research interest for Oppé. His earliest research notes date back to a 1903 visit to Italy where he saw many works by the artist. In 1909, the following monograph was published: Oppé, A.P. (1909) Raphael. London: Methuen. [a copy is available in the Paul Mellon Centre Library, see URL below]. The book was reprinted in 1970 with edits and an introduction by Charles Mitchell.

Following the publication, Oppé began a correspondence with fellow Raphael scholar, Dr. Oskar Fischel. They started to plan a new book project together based on an article Oppé had drafted on Raphael's cartoons and some material of Fischel's on the same subject. However, during 1937 and into 1938, Fischel's position in Berlin was threatened by the rise of the Nazi Party. With Oppé's help, members of the art history community successfully petitioned the British government to offer him sanctuary in the United Kingdom. Fischel moved to London shortly afterwards with two members of his family. The project with Oppé was never realised, however, as Fischel died shortly after his arrival in the UK.

Oppé eventually found a publisher for his updated and amended article in 1944. (Oppé, A.P. (1944) Right and Left in Raphael Cartoons. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 7, pp. 82-94.).
DescriptionThis series includes:

-research correspondence
-research correspondence with Dr. Oskar Fischel
-general research notes
-research notebook
-material relating to Oppé's 1909 Raphael monograph
-material relating to the proposed publication on Raphael's cartoons
Date[c 1907]-17 May 1972
Extent6 files; 1 oversize file; 1 volume
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