Christ: Life, Death, & Resurrection

The birth, death and resurrection of Christ:  from Michelangelo to Tiepolo.

During the Renaissance, biblical episodes from the life of Christ were the artistic mainstay for a majority of artists.  Through fifty three drawings and prints from the British Museum, this catalogue explores the way that artists differently envisioned these key moments of Christ’s life and how they prepared their paintings and frescoes on these themes.  Beginning in the Renaissance and ending in the 18th century these skilled works chart the continuity and differences in the narrative approach, while also providing a broad overview of the functions, techniques and major artistic trends of the period.

Hugo Chapman joined the British Museum as curator of Italian drawings in 1995 after having spent ten years at the London auction house Christie's.  During his time at the British Museum he has worked on a number of exhibitions, such as Michelangelo Closer to the Master and Italian Renaissance Drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo.  In 2011 he became the Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings.