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Christ in Glory, surrounded by angels and putti; oval
Red chalk, with pink-brown wash, heightened with white, on brown prepared paper
- Production date
- 1680 (circa)
Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 400 millimetres (max; irregularly cut)
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 128
The drawing entered the collection as part of the Fawkener Bequest with an attribution to Giuseppe Passeri and until recently was placed under that artist's name, with the unmounted drawings. The present attribution to Ludovico Gimignani was proposed by Turner in February 1979, when the drawing was moved to the mounted series.
The indications of an architectural frame on the left of the sheet (these have been gone over in wash and have been entirely cut away on the right) and the illusionistic disposition of the figures suggest that the drawing is a study for a ceiling decoration. Indeed, it appears to be an early study, with many differences, for Ludovico's fresco of 'Christ in Glory' on the vault of the Aquilana Chapel in S. Maria di Montesanto (Rome, 1979-80(c), p.71, fig.6o), decorated c. 1680. Though none of the figures in the drawing corresponds exactly with those in the fresco, there are many similarities, such as the figure of a putto holding on to the leg of an angel, directly below the figure of Christ in the drawing, which also occurs in the fresco; in addition, both compositions are oval shaped.
Two alternative sketches for this same composition are on the verso of 1946,0713.834; in one of these the pose of the figure of Christ, showing him holding a globe and sceptre in his left hand, corresponds with that chosen for the painted version.
- Not on display
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: FAWK,5211.57