Studies for the Disputa (recto); Studies for the Disputa (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Studies for the Disputa (recto); Studies for the Disputa (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (Italian, 1483 - 1520)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1509 - 1511

Medium:

Pen and brown ink (recto); Pen and brown ink (verso)

Dimensions:

31.1 x 20.8 cm (12 1/4 x 8 3/16 in.)

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In this preliminary study for his Disputafresco in the Vatican, Raphael Sanzio rendered several of the figures with extraordinary clarity and economy. The central philosopher turning intently away from the viewer, the ghostly hooded figure on the right, and the men in animated discussion behind all appear in detail. Raphael varied the lines from the squiggles of the philosopher's hair to the straight folds of the standing monk's cloak, which seem to barely touch the page. This sheet also reveals the artist's thought process as he worked up the main figure from the nude, carefully manipulating the anatomical details so as to provide a believable structure and volume for the completely draped figure in the fresco.

The verso contains three even quicker sketches of the philosopher, along with an earlier idea for the young man who turns outward in the fresco's left foreground.

Exhibitions
Winter Exhibition, Burlington Fine Arts Club (1923 - 1924) (14; recto)
  • Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1923 to 1924
Exhibition of Italian Art 1200 - 1900 (1930) (recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1930
Raphael and His Circle (October 6, 1987 to January 10, 1988) (recto)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York), October 6, 1987 to January 10, 1988
Italian Master Drawings (May 5 to July 19, 1992) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), May 5 to July 19, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (89; recto)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (39; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001) (recto and verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001
The Art of Papal Rome (May 29 to September 6, 2009) (both)
  • National Gallery of Canada, (Ottawa), May 29 to September 6, 2009
Raphael as Draughtsman (November 5, 2012 to February 3, 2013) (18; recto)
  • Städel Museum, (Frankfurt am Main), November 5, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Bibliography

Exhibition of Italian Art 1200-1900, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1930), p. 245, no. 459.

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 191, no. 97.

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