Design for a monument to Pope Clement XI by Pietro Bracci

Design for an unexecuted tomb of Pope Clement XI Albani (1700-1721), from a time in Bracci's career when his connections with the family were increasing.


Black chalk & pen & black and red inks & brown, grey and green washes & white gouache on paper
42.5 x 25.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £19,950)
Acquired in:
Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox

Includes elements which were reused in later designs e.g. the radical idea of a dynamic, standing figure of the pope; and the papal sarcophagus flanked by allegories of Strength and Religion. A scaled ground plan is included, and evidence of revisions and corrections reveal the working methods of the artist.


Unknown European Collection; Christie's, New York, 2003; Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, London. The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register.

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