Christ in Glory

Object Details

Title:

Christ in Glory

Artist/Maker(s):

Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (Italian, about 1489 - 1534)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

1520 - 1523

Medium:

Red chalk and brown and gray wash, heightened with white bodycolor on pink ground; inscribed circle in brown ink; squared in red chalk

Dimensions:

14.6 x 14.6 cm (5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)

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Correggio made this drawing as a preparatory study for the fresco decorations in the church of Saint John the Evangelist in Parma. The fresco was meant to be viewed from underneath an arch, with the spectator looking upwards toward the majestic figure of Christ.

Correggio stressed Christ's heavenly nature through subtle modulations of light and dark. He combined red chalk and opaque white to produce a range of pinks that enhance the drawing's delicacy and atmospheric effects. Watercolor wash in brown and gray and touches of opaque white describe figures and clouds, lending the drawing a soft, almost airy quality.

Provenance

William Cavendish, second duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729

by descent to Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, eleventh duke of Devonshire, English, 1920 - 2004, (sale, Christie's London, July 6, 1987, lot 5).

Exhibitions
National Exhibition of Works of Art (1868)
  • Leeds City Museum and Galleries, (Leeds), 1868
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (July 19 to September 10, 1961) (25)
  • City Art Gallery (Manchester), July 19 to September 10, 1961
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection (1962 to 1963) (21)
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland), 1962 to 1963
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York), 1962 to 1963
  • National Gallery of Canada, (Ottawa), 1962 to 1963
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, (San Francisco), 1962 to 1963
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 1962 to 1963
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), 1962 to 1963
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1962 to 1963
Old Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection (July 5 to August 21 1969) (21)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), July 5 to August 21, 1969
Old Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition from the Duke of Devonshire (April to July 1977) (21)
  • The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), April to July, 1977
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (30)
  • 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) (15)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998) (15)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Drawings by Correggio and Parmigianino (October 6, 2000 to May 6, 2001) (15)
  • The British Museum, (London), October 6, 2000 to January 7, 2001
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), February 4 to May 6, 2001
Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003) (15)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003
Correggio e l'antico (May 20 to September 14, 2008) (37)
  • Museo e Galleria Borghese, (Rome), May 20 to September 14, 2008
Correggio (September 20, 2008 to January 25, 2009) (IV.24)
  • Galleria Nazionale (Parma), September 20, 2008 to January 25, 2009
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1987." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 16 (1988), pp. 171-72, no. 55.