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A composition study for an altarpiece with St Thomas of Canterbury, St Martin of Tours, Bishop Arrivabene and Duke Guidobaldo of Urbino
Black chalk, squared for transfer in red chalk
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Height: 341 millimetres
Width: 259 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A compositional study for Viti's altarpiece of St Thomas of Canterbury, St Martin of Tours with Bishop Arrivabene and Duke Guidobaldo of Urbino formerly in the chapel of SS. Thomas and Martin the cathedral at Urbino and now in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino (for the painting plus a colour illustration see M.G.C. Duprè Dal Poggetto and P. Dal Poggetto (eds.), in exhib. cat., Urbino, Palazzo Ducale, 'Urbino e le Marche prima e dopo Raffaello', 1983, no. 81; Moroni 2007, no. 4; B. Agosti and S. Ginzburg eds, 'Raffaello e gli amici di Urbino', exh. cat., Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, 2019, pp. 96-7, no. I.22 (entry by M. Procaccini)). Bishop Arrivabene, who died on 18 March 1504, left money in his will to pay for the decoration of the chapel and the following month Genga and Viti received the commission respectively to fresco the walls and paint the altarpiece. This and 1953,1212.2 in the BM are preparatory for the Arrivabene altarpiece, perhaps Viti's most celebrated work, as well as two chalk drawings in the Antaldi collection in the Biblioteca Oliveriana in Pesaro, see A. Forlani Tempesti and G. Calegari, in exhib. cat., Palazzo Antaldi, Pesaro, 'Da Raffaello a Rossini. La Collezione Antaldi: i disegni ritrovati', 2001, nos. 8 and 9.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 169 (as Raphael); P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, no. 258 (with previous literature), II, pl. 240; A. Forlani Tempesti, in exhib. cat., Pesaro, Palazzo Antaldi, 'Da Raffaello a Rossini. La Collezione Antaldi: i disegni ritrovati', 2001, under no. 8; G. Moroni, 'Timoteo Viti nell'ambiente artistico urbinate tra Quattrocento e Cinquecento', Urbino, 2007, under no. 4, p. 124 and p. 234; A. Forlani Tempesti, “Viti disegnatore”, in B. Cleri ed., ‘Timoteo Viti. Atti del Convegno: Urbino, Palazzo Albani, Istituto di storia dell'arte, 25-26 ottobre 2007’, Urbino, 2008, p. 174.
Pouncey & Gere 1962
Attributed to Raphael by Robinson. Berenson (orally c. 1895) was the first to observe that 1895,0915.606 is a composition-study for Viti's altar-piece of S. Thomas of Canterbury and S. Martin of Tours with Bishop Arrivabene and Duke Guidobaldo of Urbino (Van Marle, xv, fig. 105), formerly in the Chapel of SS. Thomas and Martin in the Cathedral at Urbino and now in the Palazzo Ducale. The picture was commissioned on 15 April 1504 (cf. L. Pungileoni, 'Elogio storico di Timoteo Viti', Urbino, 1835, pp. 11 ff.).
As Byam Shaw has pointed out, 1953,1212.2 is a study from the life of a youth, likewise in contemporary dress, for the figure of S. Martin.
Literature: JCR 169; Ruland, p. 123, xxvii, no. 1; BM Guide, 1895, no. 93; J. Meder, Die Handzeichnung, Vienna, 1919, pp. 305 ff. ; Fischel, Umbrer, p. 243, no. 186.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996 BM, Malcolm Drawings, apx.
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