Charles Fairfax Murray

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Charles Fairfax Murray
Raising of Lazarus, after Giotto
Watercolor over graphite on paper.
9 x 11 1/2 inches (230 x 292 mm)
Gift of Jennifer Vorbach.

Inscribed on verso, in graphite, at lower right, "Sotheby's Belgravia 1979 / Fairfax Murray - Raising of Lasarus, / after Masaccio, after Giotto".

Sale, Sotheby's Belgravia, London, 3 July 1979, lot 17.

While in Italy, the Pre-Raphaelite painter, art dealer, and collector Charles Fairfax Murray continuously drew and painted after the works of early Italian masters, often working as a copyist for John Ruskin. Fairfax Murray's watercolor of the Raising of Lazarus, drawn after Giotto's composition in the fresco cycle in the Arena Chapel in Padua, shows his profound interest in the works of the major Italian painters of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In creating this work, Fairfax Murray placed himself in a generations-long line of painters who learned and perfected their craft by emulating and copying the masters before them. This interest in reviving the arts of the past is characteristic of the Pre-Raphaelites, who celebrated and adopted the style and subjects of late Medieval and early Renaissance art.

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Vorbach, Jennifer, former owner.
Giotto, 1266?-1337, After.