This painting, executed towards the end of Ricci’s stay in London, around 1714-16, is one of two modelli (oil sketches) for the fresco in the apse of the chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

Some of the elements in this sketch and in the final painting seem to reference motifs by Paolo Veronese (the angels lifting the grave’s lid), Annibale Carracci (the soldiers, the grave and the lantern) and Salvator Rosa (the cliffs in the background and the soldiers).


  • Title: The Resurrection
  • Creator Lifespan: 1659 - 1734
  • Date: c. 1715-16
  • Physical Dimensions: w1187 x h883 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Italian
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Christie's, 'D of B' sale, 6 May 1796, lot 58 ('S. Ricci Ð The resurrection of our Saviour, the design for the large altar piece for the chapel at Chelsea College'). Bt 'Sr F Bourgeois' for £8.8; London, Noel Desenfans and/or Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1796-1807; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: This dramatic scene shows Christ rising out of his sarcophagus, ascending into Heaven. Angels surround Christ, whilst the Roman soldiers fall away in disbelief.
  • Artist: Ricci, Sebastiano
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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