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Study for the Figure of Christ Carrying the Cross gm_36718101

Study for the Figure of Christ Carrying the Cross gm_36718101

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Sebastiano del Piombo (Italian, about 1485–1547) A tender and moving drawing, this is a preparatory study for Sebastiano del Piombo's painting of Christ Carrying the Cross (P00345) now in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. The pose, lighting and drapery of the figure in the Madrid painting are closely paralleled in the present drawing, which also indicates the position of the cross resting on Christ's shoulder. Differences in the facial features, the hair, and the addition of the crown of thorns in the painting suggest that the artist drew the sheet from a studio assistant placed in the pose of Christ. The drawing is a fascinating mix of Venetian and Roman draftsmanship, Sebastiano having trained and worked in Venice until arriving in Rome in 1511, two years before he made this sheet. There is the classic Venetian combination of blue paper with black chalk, and a characteristic softness of modelling in the facial features. On the Roman side there is a solidity to the drapery and a density to the form that shows Sebastiano's exposure to the draftsmanship of Raphael and Michelangelo, the latter of whom would become a key influence and mentor. The painting for which this is a study was commissioned by the Spanish Ambassador in Rome, Don Jéronimo de Vich y Valterra, probably in 1513 or 1514. The commission came through the mediation of the Sienese banker Agostino Chigi, and the painting shows a new dynamism in Sebastiano's work. The composition proved immensely influential among later Spanish painters, and it was widely copied. Sebastiano returned to the subject of Christ Carrying the Cross at least three times, and the theme became a leitmotif of his Roman career.Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural wood and double white mattboards and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive PhotoTex fabric panels that combine and mount easily and are great for a smooth wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases. Please order an even number as we ship two stretched canvases in a single carton.

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Artwork in this collection is from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Reproduction rights are reserved by the copyright owner and used under license by Archivea GmbH. .


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