Luca Signorelli

Luca Signorelli
(1441/50–1523)

Four Demons Inspecting a Book, 1500–1503

Black chalk
14 x 11 1/8 inches (355 x 284 mm)

Purchased as the gift of the Fellows

1965.15
Item description: 

Signorelli's fresco cycle in the Cappella Nova of Orvieto Cathedral (1499–1503) dedicated to the Last Judgment established his reputation as one of the greatest Renaissance painters. This drawing most likely belongs to his studies for that cycle, although none of the figures corresponds exactly with those in the frescoes. Signorelli's array of muscular devils in the Cappella Nova was much admired by Michelangelo and inspired new possibilities for depicting the nude figure.