Christ is depicted in glory surrounded by adoring angels. Looking up at him are four martyr saints: Saints Celsus, Marcionilla, Julian, and Basilissa. Pompeo Batoni made this sketch when he was only twenty-eight, in preparation for his first important commission in Rome.

Carlo Maratti was born #onthisday in 1625.

Christ in Glory with Saints Celsus, Julian, Marcionilla and Basilissa, 1736 - 1737, Pompeo Batoni. Oil on canvas. http://bit.ly/2qjS4OO #art #gettymuseum #painting
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