About this artwork

The Spaniard Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuit Order (Society of Jesus). This drawing illustrates Ignatius’s plea to Pope Julius III to establish a Jesuit College for Germans in Rome, in 1552. Ignatius was beatified in 1609 and on this occasion, a book on his life (displayed nearby) was published. The book does not contain any reference to the designer of the prints. This is a preparatory drawing for plate 64. It was in the collection of the famous French collector and connoisseur Pierre-Jean Mariette who attributed it to Rubens. Only one other drawing for this project survives.

Updated before 2020

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