Talk:The Raising of Lazarus (Sebastiano del Piombo)

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"The Raising of Lazarus" was only inventoried as NG1 in or around 1838 when the NG's pictures moved to the new purpose-built gallery in Trafalgar Square. Before that it had a different number, or several different numbers - the numbers in the published catalogues changed as the collection grew. It's not unlikely that it was given the number 1 in 1838 because it was considered the most important picture in the collection, though. Either that or just about the biggest and most troublesome.

Well, Cecil Gould's catalogue for The Sixteenth-Century Italian Schools at the National Gallery (1975) tells me that it was "No. 1 in the Angerstein catalogue of 1823" (p. 245). This was, of course, to become the Gallery's founding collection a year later; do we have evidence of its number having changed any time after that? [talk to the] HAM 22:56, 4 February 2007 (UTC)