Raffaelle Sanzio Morghev, an Italian engraver, born in Florence, June 19, 1758, died there, April 8,1833. He was instructed by his father, an engraver, and at 20 years of age executed a series of seven plates representing masks from the carnival of Naples of 1778. He was then placed in the school of Volpato in Rome, and in 1781 married the only daughter of his master. In 1787 he produced his engraving of Guido's "Aurora." He visited Naples in 1790, and removed in 1793 to Florence, where he opened a public school of engraving. His first important work in Florence was the print of Raphael's Madonna delta seggiola, and in 1795 he commenced the Madonna del sacco of Andrea del Sarto, and the "Transfiguration" of Raphael, the latter his most elaborate work, completed in 1812. But this is considered less meritorious than his print of the " Last Supper " after Leonardo da Vinci, the early impressions of which (1800) are among the most precious productions of his graver. According to his pupil Nicolo Palmerini, to whom he gave impressions of every plate from the first outline to the finished proof, Morghen executed 73 portraits, many of which were of living personages besides the great poets and painters of Italy, 47 Biblical and religious pieces, 44 historical and mythological pieces, 24 views and landscapes, and 13 vignettes and crests.
The Palmerini collection of his prints was purchased by the duke of Buckingham for £1,200.