National Geographic : 1922 Jun
THE ROTUNDA OF THE PANTHEON Within the precincts of this historic structure repose the ashes of the artist Raphael, entombedthere athisown request. Near byisthe memorial slab to his sweetheart, the beautiful niece of the famous Cardinal Bibbiena. While engagedonhis great works inSt.Peter's and the Vatican, the Cardinal offered the painter the hand of his kinswoman, and Raphael accepted, but postponed thewedding day under pressure ofwork. Whether from neglect or disappointment, the bride-to-have-been sickened and died, and her epitaph, "quc Icetos hymeneos morte prevertit" (Whose happy marriage was prevented by death) has been called a tragic epilogue to a drama of the affections. The Pantheon isthenoblest and best preserved building of ancient Rome.