Study of God the Father with Angels

Object Details

Title:

Study of God the Father with Angels

Artist/Maker(s):

Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, 1504 - 1570)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1555 - 1560

Medium:

Red chalk with white gouache heightening on pink prepared paper

Dimensions:

17.1 x 22.4 cm (6 3/4 x 8 13/16 in.)

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Francesco Primaticcio made this drawing as a preparatory study for the last decorative project he planned, the central section of the chapel ceiling in the Hôtel de Guise, Paris. Nicolò dell'Abate painted the frescoes after Primaticcio's designs. Unfortuntaely, the decoration was destroyed in the 1800s, and scholars can now only reconstruct it through written descriptions, prints, and drawings such as this one. The ceiling's central section showed God the Father in glory surrounded by angels. An apparently complete study in the Louvre Museum shows the entire design squared for transfer.

With one exception, the studies of arms on this sheet reappear in the Louvre modello. In developing a project, Primaticcio probably began by establishing the composition as a whole and then developing the poses of individual figures. His next step might have been studies of details, like this sheet.

Exhibitions
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999
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
Primaticcio, Master of Fontainebleau (September 20, 2004 to January 3, 2005) (226; Catalogue by D. Cordellier et. al.)
  • Musée du Louvre, (Paris), September 20, 2004 to January 3, 2005
Disegno: Drawing in Europe 1520-1600 (November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013) (226; Catalogue by D. Cordellier et. al.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 13, 2012 to February 3, 2013