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Beheading of Sixtus II
Guerra, Giovanni
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Guerra, Giovanni

Modena, 1544 - Rome, 1618

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Beheading of Sixtus II

Early Segunda mitad del siglo XVI - XVII century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper.
Not on display

Traditionally attributed to Nebbia, the drawing was given subsequently to Orazio Samacchini (1532-1577) and Luca Giordano, as old pen inscriptions on the front of the mount in different hands bear witness. John A. Gere, in 1981, proposed the torrent attribution to Giovanni Guerra. As Elizabeth McGrath and Paul Taylor have kindly pointed out, the pope about to be beheaded is Sixtus II, and the deacon with his hands tied on the right contemplating the execution is S. Laurence, who, according to the Golden Legend asked the pope not to abandon him (Text drawn from Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 142).

Technical data

Inventory number
D001743
Author
Guerra, Giovanni
Title
Beheading of Sixtus II
Date
Early Segunda mitad del siglo XVI - XVII century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Support
Yellow paper
Dimension
Height: 276 mm; Width: 206 mm
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 142, 304.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 142,304.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 127.

Exhibitions +

De Miguel Ángel a Annibale Carracci. Un siglo de Dibujos Italianos en el Museo del Prado
25.10.2008 - 26.07.2009

Un siglo de dibujos italianos en el Museo del Prado. De Miguel Ángel a Annibale Carracci
Madrid
23.11.2004 - 13.02.2005

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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