Giovanni Battista Franco
Study for a Group, after Raphael’s Disputa
Pen and wash in brown ink, over black chalk
241 × 395 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 2196
The Venetian painter and engraver was active mainly in Rome and Florence. His Budapest drawing is a copy after Raphael’s preliminary study for the group at lower left in the Disputa. The original drawing, today in the British Museum, London, shows a change in Raphael’s initial concept: here he introduced the altar, the central motif for both the arrangement and content of the fresco. The Sacrament is the physical manifestation of God’s presence, and its mystical transformation into Christ’s flesh inspires the debate of the assembled theologians.
Battista Franco, drawing, pen-and-ink