The J. Paul Getty Museum

Christ in Glory

Object Details

Title:

Christ in Glory

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

Italian

Place:

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

Object Number:

87.GB.90

Dimensions:

14.6 × 14.6 cm (5 3/4 × 5 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

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
Provenance
1729

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William Cavendish, third duke of Devonshire, 1729.

1729-1755

William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire, English, 1698 - 1755 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William Cavendish, fourth duke of Devonshire, 1755.

1755-1764

William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, 1720 - 1764 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire, 1764.

1764-1811

William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, 1748 - 1811 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son William George Spencer Cavendish, sixth duke of Devonshire, 1811.

1811-1858

William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, 1790 - 1858 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his cousin William Cavendish, seventh duke of Devonshire, 1858.

1858-1891

William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, 1808 - 1891 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son Spencer Compton Cavendish, seventh duke of Devonshire, 1891.

1891-1908

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, 1833 - 1908 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his nephew Victor Christian William Cavendish, ninth duke of Devonshire, 1908.

1908-1938

Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, 1868 - 1938 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son Edward William Cavendish, tenth duke of Devonshire, 1938.

1938-1950

Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire, 1895 - 1950 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England), by inheritance to his son Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, eleventh duke of Devonshire, 1950.

1950-1987

Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, 1920 - 2004 (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England) [sold, Old Master Drawings of Chatsworth, Christie's, London, July 3, 1984, lot 5 to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 1962 to 1963
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco), 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)
  • 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)
  • The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), April to July 1977
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Museo e Galleria Borghese (Rome), May 20 to September 14, 2008
Correggio (September 20, 2008 to January 25, 2009)
  • Galleria Nazionale (Parma), September 20, 2008 to January 25, 2009