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Allegory of the Elevation of Cardinal Deacon Oddone Colonna to the Papal Chair as Pope Martin V

A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, over black and red chalk, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on joined sheets of laid paper, mounted to paperboard.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, over black and red chalk, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on joined sheets of laid paper, mounted to paperboard.

Date:

1700

Artist:

Benedetto Luti
Italian, 1666–1724

About this artwork

This large and impressive drawing depicts the election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V in 1417, an event that ended the Western Schism in the Catholic Church, when multiple parties claimed the title of pope. A highly finished study for a painting installed on a ceiling in the Palazzo Colonna in Rome, it depicts Colonna receiving the keys of Saint Peter from a kneeling figure while allegorical figures of Faith, Hope, and Charity, among others, look on.

Highly theatrical and emotionally expressive, the drawing epitomizes late Baroque virtuoso design and draftsmanship.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 124A

Artist

Benedetto Luti

Title

Allegory of the Elevation of Cardinal Deacon Oddone Colonna to the Papal Chair as Pope Martin V

Origin

Italy

Date

1700

Medium

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, over black and red chalk, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on joined sheets of laid paper, mounted to paperboard

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower left: "Cav': Benedetto Luti fece in Roma."

Dimensions

495 x 386 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.882

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