The Assumption of the Virgin
Pen and brown ink
158 × 193 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 1779
The drawing is related to Raphael’s first Perugian altarpiece, The Coronation of the Virgin (Rome, Pinacoteca Vaticana) for the Oddi chapel in the church of San Francesco al Prato. The meticulously executed pen drawing was created for the patron for approval and provided an opportunity to request modifications before the painting’s execution. The Assumption of the Virgin originates from the early stage of preparation; Raphael painted the Coronation of the Virgin in the end. The sheet’s poor condition and the vertical crease along its central axis indicates that it was originally folded to a small size and attached to the contract.
drawing, pen-and-ink, Raphael