Christ in Glory

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Christ in Glory


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




Italy (Place created)


about 1519 - 1520


Black chalk, brush with gray wash, heightened with white chalk


22.5 x 17.9 cm (8 7/8 x 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.


Pierre Crozat (?), French, 1665 - 1740

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch, 1726 - 1798

M. Versteegh

Thomas Dimsdale, English, 1758-1823, possibly among the few sheets bought by Sir Thomas Lawrence in Dimsdale's lifetime or part of the Dimsdale's Collection bought en bloc by the dealer Samuel Woodburn after Dimsdale's death from his heirs and very shortly after sold to Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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]

Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernest of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German, 1876 - 1923

possibly Schloßmuseum, (Weimar) / Weimar Museum

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

ca. 1823

Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, after his death his whole collection was offered on favourable terms to various representatives of the nation, but nobody accepted. The collection reverted in 1834 to Lawrence's executor, Archibald Keightley, who ceded the drawings the same year to the dealer Samuel Woodburn.


Samuel Woodburn, English, 1786 - 1853, shown in the Ninth Exhibition of the Lawrence Gallery (June 1836) and selected by King William II.


Grand Duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Thuringia, German, 1818 - 1901 (Granducal Collection, Weimar), by descent to his heir (grandson), Wilhelm Ernest.

Raphael and His Circle (October 6, 1987 to January 10, 1988)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York), October 6, 1987 to January 10, 1988, (Cat.)
Giulio Romano (September 1 to November 12, 1989)
  • Museo Civico di Palazzo Te, (Mantua), September 1 to November 12, 1989, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
Late Raphael (June 12, 2012 to January 14, 2013)
  • Musée du Louvre, (Paris), October 8, 2012 to January 14, 2013, (Cat. 23)