Artist Michelangelo, Italian, 1475-1564
  • Scheme for the Decoration of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Date ca. 1508
Medium pen and brown ink and black chalk on cream laid paper
Dimensions Sheet: 14 11/16 × 9 7/8 inches (37.3 × 25.1 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 27.2.A
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Marks Stamp, in black, lower right corner: Emile Wauters (Lugt 911 and 912, Suppl. 911)
Emile Wauters (Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France)
June 15-16, 1926, sold by Frederick Muller and Co. (Amsterdam, Netherlands);
1927-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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