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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Bernard van Orley, Flemish, ca. 1488–1542

The Resurrection of Christ

ca. 1525–30

Black chalk heightened with white, squared in red chalk, on three sheets joined together

88.6 × 47.9 cm (34 7/8 × 18 7/8 in.)
framed: 110.49 × 68.58 × 5.08 cm (43 1/2 × 27 × 2 in.)
Gift of Robert Lehman, B.A. 1913
1941.302
A prolific painter and designer of tapestries and stained glass, Bernard van Orley was the most important artist in Brussels in the first decades of the sixteenth century. This drawing was part of a series depicting the Passion of Christ. Thirteen drawings from the set are known today, and their size, shapes, and degree of finish—as well as the fact that they were all squared in red chalk so that the compositions could be transferred to another medium—suggest that they were intended as designs for the stained-glass windows of a church. No corresponding windows, however, have been identified.
Geography: 
Made in Flanders
Culture: 
Flemish
Period: 
16th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Provenance: 

Robert Lehman, NY (by 1925)

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 6, 25, 46–47, no. 4, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.