Christ in Glory with Saints Celsus, Julian, Marcionilla and Basilissa

Object Details

Title:

Christ in Glory with Saints Celsus, Julian, Marcionilla and Basilissa

Artist/Maker(s):

Pompeo Batoni (Italian (Lucchese), 1708 - 1787)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1736 - 1737

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

64 x 34.9 cm (25 3/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

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In the upper half of this oil study, Christ is depicted in glory surrounded by adoring angels. Looking up at him are four martyr saints: Saints Celsus, Marcionilla, Julian, and Basilissa. Pompeo Batoni made this sketch when he was only twenty-eight, in preparation for his first important commission in Rome. He was commissioned to create a life-size altarpiece that still hangs in the the church of Saints Celsus and Julian today.

Provenance

Private Collection (New York, New York)

- 1949

Julius H. Weitzner, 1896 - 1986 (New York, New York), sold to John Maxon, 1949.

1949 - 1952

John Maxon (Chicago, Illinois), returned to Julius H. Weitzner, 1952.

- 1952

Julius H. Weitzner, 1896 - 1986 (New York, New York), sold to Bohumir Kryl, 1952.

1952 - 1953

Bohumir Kryl (Chicago, Illinois), donated to St. Joseph's College, 1953.

1953 - 1969

Saint Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.

Exhibitions
The J. Paul Getty Collection (June 29 to September 3, 1972)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (Minneapolis), June 29 to September 3, 1972, (Cat. 17)
Cinco siglos de obras maestras de la pintura en collecciones norteamericanas cedidas en préstamo a Costa Rica (May 6 to June 30, 1978)
  • Museo del Jade, (San Jose), May 6 to June 30, 1978, (Cat. 40)
Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Collection, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1972), unpaginated, no. 17, ill.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 6, ill.