Christ in Glory

Object Details

Title:

Christ in Glory

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1519–1520

Medium:

Black chalk, brush with gray wash, heightened with white chalk on pale gray prepared paper

Object Number:

82.GG.139

Dimensions:

22.5 × 17.9 cm (8 7/8 × 7 1/16 in.)

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Working from a live model, Raphael Sanzio used a range of techniques to draw this figure. Below the billowing drapery, he quickly sketched Christ's legs, but he subtly modeled the torso above in a fluid, painterly fashion, achieving this effect with a brush and wash. He drew the legs in first, and the lines of the figure remain visible underneath Christ's drapery. He defined the figure's monumental, round forms with economy, using black chalk to emphasize contours as well as to create rich chiaroscuro effects.

Provenance
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Pierre Crozat, French, 1665 - 1740
Source: in his sale catalogue, Paris, 1741, "L'Etude de la figure du Christ du tableau des cinq saints" was part of lot 105.

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Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch, 1726 - 1798
Source: according to The Lawrence Gallery, Ninth Exhibition, June 1836, p. 21, no. 56. Not identifiable in the Ploos van Amstel sale catalogue, Amsterdam, March 2, 1800.

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M. Versteegh
Source: according to The Lawrence Gallery, Ninth Exhibition, June 1836, p. 21, no. 56.

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Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758 - 1823
Source: according to The Lawrence Collection, Ninth Exhibition, June 1836, p. 21, no. 56.

ca. 1823 - 1834

Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, ceded to Samuel Woodburn, 1834.
Source: at bottom left corner, collection mark of Sir Thomas Lawrence (L. 2445)

1834

Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853
Source: The Lawrence Gallery, Ninth Exhibition, p. 21, no. 56.

- 1850

King William II of the Netherlands, Netherlandish, 1792 - 1849 [sold, Het Paleis, The Hague, August 12-20, 1850, lot 55, to his son-in-law the Grand Duke of Saxen-Weimar]
Source: Catalogue des Tableaux anciens et modernes [...] formant la Galerie de feu Sa Majeste Guillame II, 1850, p. 146, lot 55.

1850

Grand Duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Thuringia, German, 1818 - 1901 (Granducal Collection, Weimar), by descent to his grandson, Wilhelm Ernest, 1850.
Source: handwritten notes on a copy of the Catalogue des Tableaux Anciens et Modernes [...] formant la Galerie de Feu Sa Majeste Guillaume II, Amsterdam, 1850, kept at the Getty Research Institute Library (classmark: 1850.Aug.12.HaDeW, p. 146)

1850 -

Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernest of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German, 1876 - 1923
Source: listed as such in sale catalogue, Christie's, December 9, 1982, lot 17, but not documented.

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possibly Schloßmuseum (Weimar, Germany)
Source: listed as such in sale catalogue, Christie's, December 9, 1982, lot 17, but not documented.

- 1982

Dr. Anton Schrafl [sold, Christie's, London, December 9, 1982, lot 17, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Raphael and His Circle (October 6, 1987 to January 10, 1988)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library (New York), October 6, 1987 to January 10, 1988
Giulio Romano (September 1 to November 12, 1989)
  • Museo Civico di Palazzo Te (Mantua), September 1 to November 12, 1989
Fürstenhöfe der Renaissance: Giulio Romano und die klassische Tradition (December 6, 1989 to February 18, 1990)
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), December 6, 1989 to February 18, 1990
16-17th Century European Drawings (December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994
The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440 - 1880) (December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010
Late Raphael (June 12, 2012 to January 14, 2013)
  • Musée du Louvre (Paris), October 8, 2012 to January 14, 2013