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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    15th - 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Signorelli, Luca (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn with the brush on pale grey prepared paper, and heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 16

Physical description

Jesus Christ in the act of benediction; On the reverse, study of an angel playing on the violin; Drawn with the brush on pale grey prepared paper, and heightened with white.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)


15th - 16th century (made)


Signorelli, Luca (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn with the brush on pale grey prepared paper, and heightened with white


Height: 6.8 in, Width: 4.2 in

Descriptive line

Drawing, God the Father blessing after Pietro Perugino, Florentine school, 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings. Volume I. 14th-16th century, London, 1979, p. 20

The following is the full text of the entry:

PERUGINO, PIETRO (c. 1445-1523)

Recto God the Father blessing
Verso An angel playing upon the viol (the top of the sheet, containing the head, cut away)
Inscribed on the mount in an r Sth century hand 'Luca Signorelli'
Pen and ink and wash, heightened with white, on paper partly washed blue
6 7/8 x 4 1/8 (175 x 105) Dyce 216

PROVENANCE Dyce Bequest 1869
LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 216 (as anonymous, ascribed to Signorelli)

Formerly catalogued as anonymous, the drawing on the recto is a copy by a pupil
of Perugino of the figure in the upper central compartment of the polyptych in the Certosa di Pavia. For an illustration see M. Salmi, La Certosa di Pavia, Cernusco Sui Naviglio, 1949. pl. 14. A drawing at Turin is another, similar copy of the same subject (see Bertini, fig. 12).


Prepared paper


Drawing; Heightening

Subjects depicted

Religion (concept); Man; Violin; Angel




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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