Cesare Fracassini - Drawing "I Martiri del Giappone" (The Martyrs of Japan)

Submitted by Massimo Sarandrea on the 13th of October 2013


Cesare Fracassini (Rome, December 18, 1838 – December 13, 1868)
“I Martiri del Giappone” (The Martyrs of Japan)
Pencil drawing on paper
About 1865
Dimensions: h. 72.5 cm x l. 92 cm
Signed “Cesare Fracassini” in the lower right corner


The drawing depicts the martyrdom of three Jesuit missionaries in Japan crucified in Nagasaki in 1597 on the "holy hill" and proclaimed saints by Pope Pius IX in 1862.
The work is certainlythe preparatory drawing in its final version for the painting of the same name.