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.
- Benedetto Luti
- Allegory of the Elevation of Cardinal Deacon Oddone Colonna to the Papal Chair as Pope Martin V
- 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
- Inscribed, lower left: "Cav': Benedetto Luti fece in Roma."
- 495 x 386 mm
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray