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 loan to The Morgan Library and Museum for Pure Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection
- Prints and Drawings
- 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 × 386 mm
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray