Study for a Ceiling with the Virgin and Christ in Glory

Francisco Riziabout 1678

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Francisco Rizi made this complete decorative and architectural design for a cupola, a small dome of a church. The central compartment depicts the Virgin Mary and Christ seated amid clouds and framed on four sides by pairs of putti supporting balustrades. In the lower right corner, Rizi drew a prophet. Rizi was Madrid's major practitioner of illusionistic architectural painting, or quadratura, which Italian artists had introduced earlier in the 1600s. The building for which this design was intended is not known.

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  • Title: Study for a Ceiling with the Virgin and Christ in Glory
  • Creator: Francisco Rizi
  • Date: about 1678
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.7 x 28.9 cm (10 1/2 x 11 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink and brown wash with some graphite; incised
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 94.GA.89
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed verso, "H"(?), "School 17th century Design for a Vault", "TMD".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Spanish
  • Classification: Drawings