Sunday, March 30, 2008


Raffaellino del Garbo 1466-1524
Studies for Christ Rising from the Tomb and Hand Studies 1497
Metalpoint on blue-grey paper
378.000 mm x 255.000 mm
The British Museum, London

Raffaellino del Garbo 1466-1524
The Resurrection 1500-1505
Oil on canvas 174,5 x 186,5 cm.
Galleria Accademia, Florence (formerly in the Monastero di S. Niccolò di Cafaggio)

Raffaellino del Garbo (more properly Raffaello Capponi) (1466 or perhaps 1476 – 1524) was a Florentine painter of the early-Renaissance.

He was a pupil of Filippino Lippi, with whom he remained till 1490, if not later. He accompanied Filippino to Rome, where he painted the ceiling of the chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas (Caraffa Chapel) in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva

The young Bronzino was his pupil.

He died in poverty in Florence.

The drawing in metalpoint on blue-grey paper came into the ownership of the artist-biographer, architect and collector, Giorgio Vasari. Vasari drew the elaborate mount and frame in pen and brown ink and brown wash.

The drawing is a study for a figure of Christ in the Resurrection painted about 1500 for the the Capponi Chapel in S. Bartolomeo a Monte Oliveto (just outside the San Frediano Gate in Florence). It is now in the Accademia in Florence.

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