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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    17th-18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maratti, Carlo, born 1625 - died 1713 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Very slightly executed, in black chalk, on tinted paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 15

Physical description

Nobleman receiving a Deputation; Very slightly executed, in black chalk, on tinted paper.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)


17th-18th century (made)


Maratti, Carlo, born 1625 - died 1713 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Very slightly executed, in black chalk, on tinted paper


Height: 9.8 in, Width: 6.9 in

Descriptive line

Maratti, Carlo (ascribed to); Nobleman receiving a Deputation; Black chalk, on tinted paper; 17th-18th 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 Two: 17th-18th Century , London, 1979, pp. 62-63, cat. n. 740, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

MARATTA,CARLO (1625-1713)
The artist receiving the Order of Christ from Pope Clement XI or Cardinal Acciaioli. In the upper left corner a similar scene is roughly sketched in a small rectangle measuring 3 1/2 x 3 in.
Inscribed on the mount in an 18th century hand 'Carlo Maratti'
Black chalk
9 3/4 x 7 (248 x 177) Dyce 221
PROVENANCE J. Richardson, Jr (Lugt 2170); Sir J. Reynolds (Lugt 2364); Dyce Bequest 1869
LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 221 (as 'anonymous ascribed to Maratti')

A more evolved and detailed drawing of the same subject is in the Berlin-Dahlem Kupferstichkabinett and was shown there in the exhibition Romische Barockzeichnungen, 1969 (no. 131 in the Catalogue, and pI. 75). It is suggested in the catalogue that the kneeling man is Maratta, recognisable from a self portrait in the Diisseldorf Kunstmuseum: that the seated man is Pope Clement XI, recognisable from his dress and from the finials of his chair back which represent an Albani emblem: and that the female figure introducing the kneeling artist to his patron is Pictura, recognisable from the mask on the chain round her neck. The event celebrated, according to the Berlin catalogue, is Maratta receiving the Order of Christ from Cardinal Acciaioli, the Pope's representative, on the Capitol on 24 April 1704.
The Pope himself did not attend the ceremony, but Maratta put him into the Berlin drawing doubtless to show that the Pope was the fount of an honour which Maratta valued highly. There is nothing in our drawing to show that the seated figure was a Pope: it might have been Cardinal Acciaioli: but there are several details to show that the drawing is a preliminary sketch for a picture of the same subject. The corner of the table visible on the left, with a bell on it: the position of the dais and the chair: the frontal pose of the seated figure and the profile view of the kneeling figure, with the female figure behind in a pose which clearly shows her to be introducing the kneeling man to his superior: these points of resemblance prove that the two drawings represent the same subject, ours being much the roughest and sketchiest, doubtless the first idea. The small preliminary sketch in the corner, showing the same scene again, is typical of Maratta's way of working out a composition.


Black chalk; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Deputation; Nobleman




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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