Jupiter Hurling a Thunderbolt, Giulio Romano (Italian, Rome 1499?–1546 Mantua), Brown ink and washes, black chalk underdrawing, traces of red chalk, laid paper

Jupiter Hurling a Thunderbolt

Artist:
Giulio Romano (Italian, Rome 1499?–1546 Mantua)
Date:
1530–37
Medium:
Brown ink and washes, black chalk underdrawing, traces of red chalk, laid paper
Dimensions:
6 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (16.8 x 19.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.578
Not on view
Dazzling for its energy and economy of means, this quickly drawn pen study was preparatory for a figure in one of the great milestones of Mannerism in Italy, the monumental illusionistic frescoes in the "Sala dei Giganti" (Room of the Giants), from 1531-34, at the Palazzo Te in Mantua. The precocious Giulio trained in Raphael's workshop and soon became a significant collaborator with the master, achieving international stature in his own right after 1520. He built and decorated the Palazzo Te for Federico II Gonzaga (1500-1540), the fifth marchese and first duke of Mantua, where Giulio settled as court artist from 1524 until his death.
Marking: Stamped lower right, in black ink, with the collector's mark of Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (Lugt 2710b).
Yvonne Tan BunzlKoerfer; Vendor: Yvonne Tan Bunzl Koerfer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 13, 2001–November 4, 2001.