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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish (Siegen, Westphalia 1577 - 1640 Antwerp, Belgium)
A Study for the Figure of Christ, from "The Raising of the Cross"
Work Type
17th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black and white chalk and black wash on light tan antique laid paper, mounted overall
44.9 x 36 cm (17 11/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: hunter's horn

    X ray exists of watermark, Burroughs no. 5002, Straus.8756) horn, similar to 1936.123, 1949.3
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper left, graphite: HW No [illegible] [underlined]
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper left, graphite: Lx/cx
  • label: former label, brown ink: for / The Fogg Art Museum / Cambridge, Massachusetts / Loan 3/2/38 / From G.L.W. 15 East 81st Street / (Ex. collection Sir Thos. Lawrence / " " R. Madrazo)
  • inscription: lower left, graphite: V Dijck
  • blind stamp: lower left, blind stamp: L. 2445 (Thomas Lawrence)
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower left, graphite: 2 [illegible words] 2000-
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower center, graphite: A. van Dyck
Thomas Lawrence, London (L. 2445, without his mark). R. Madrazo. Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, New York, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Gustav Glück, "Rubens' Kreuzaufrichtungsaltar", Belgische Kunstdenkmäler, Bruckmann Verlag (Munich, 1923), pp. 161-184, p. 172, fig. 134, repr.

Gustav Glück and Franz Martin Haberditzl, Die Handzeichnungen von Peter Paul Rubens, Julius Bard (Berlin, Germany, 1928), cat. no. 62, p. 36, repr. pl. 62

Gustav Glück, "Rubens' Kreuzaufrichtungsaltar", Rubens, Van Dyck, und ihr Kreis, Verlag A. Schroll & Co., g.m.b.h. (Vienna, Italy, 1933), pp. 56-81, 381-383, pp. 70, 381 (n. e), repr. p. 69, fig. 41

Jan-Albert Goris and Julius S. Held, Rubens in America, Pantheon Books (New York and Antwerp, 1947), cat. no. 103, p. 42

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 15, p. 4 (as copy after Rubens)

Agnes Mongan, Drawings & Oil Sketches: Rubens from American Collections, exh. cat., President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA, 1956), p. 15, under cat. no. 8

Dr. Ludwig Burchard and Roger A. d'Hulst, Tekeningen van P.P. Rubens, exh. cat., Uitgeverij Ontwikkeling (Antwerp, 1956), under cat. no. 34, p. 48

Günter Aust, “Entwurf und Ausführung bei Rubens", Walraf-Richartz Jahrbuch, M. DuMont Schauberg (Cologne, 1958), vol. 20, pp. 163-212, p. 168 (n. 11)

Dr. Ludwig Burchard and Roger A. d'Hulst, Rubens Drawings, Arcade Press (Brussels, 1963), vol. 1, under cat. no. 55, p. 95

Mrs. Colles Baxter Larkin, "Rubens: A Variety of Interests" (unpublished manuscript, Fogg Art Museum, 1974). Typewritten brochure that accompanied the exhibition of the same title at the Fogg Art Museum, 23 May - 30 June 1974., no. 16

Hans Kauffmann, "Formen der Begegnung in der Bildkunst von Rubens", Peter Paul Rubens: Werk und Nachraum, Wilhelm Fink (Augsburg, 1981), pp. 69-88, pp. 75, 87 (n. 14)

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), under cat. no. 269, p. 231

Catherine Whistler and Jeremy Wood, ed., Rubens in Oxford: an Exhibition of Drawings from Christ Church and the Ashmolean Museum, exh. cat., P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (London, 1988), under cat. no. 3, p. 26

J. R. Judson, Rubens The Passion of Christ, Harvey Miller/Brepols Publishers (Turnhout, Belgium, 2000), cat. no. 20b, pp. 98-99, repr. fig. 65

Anne-Marie Logan and Michiel C. Plomp, Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New York/New Haven and London, 2004), p. 155 (n. 4)

Exhibition History

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/01/1954 - 04/30/1954

Rubens: A Variety of Interests, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/23/1974 - 06/30/1974

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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