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Incident from the Life of St. Francist
Attributed to Passignano
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Attributed to Passignano

Passignano, 1559 - Florence, 1638

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Incident from the Life of St. Francist

Early Último tercio del siglo XVI - XVII century. Wash, White lead, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper.
Not on display

This and another drawing in the collection, similarly ascribed to Passignano and showing another scene from the life of St. Francis (Catalogue of the Sixteenth-Century Italian Drawings of the Museo del Prado, Passignano, Domenico, Ascribed to, inv. D03041), evidently belong to a series of drawings destined to be engraved, probably as book illustrations. Unfortunately, no such series of prints has so far been identified. It is hoped that the opportunity provided by this exhibition may perhaps lead to its discovery.

Although the saint is traditionally identified as the Cistercian, St. Bernard, this cannot be so for the figure wears his habit tied at the waist with a knotted girdle of rope, an attribute of Franciscan dress. The same scene is represented in one of a series of 36 drawings illustrating the life of St. Francis in the Albertina, Vienna, similarly attributed to Passignano (Birke and Kertesz, 1992-97, p. 384, inv. no. 730). Fewer participating figures appear in the equivalent Albertina drawing and the architectural setting is stark and monumental, nevertheless the central action is much the same. In both compositions St. Francis stands to the left amidst onlookers, a solitary companion at his side. In the Prado drawing, St. Francis disassociates himself from the document he is being presented with. His girdle of rope plays a key role, for he takes up one end of it in his left hand (his right if the composition were to be reversed in an engraving), as if to inscribe with it his signature. Where his signature would have appeared on the scroll, there is in its place a seraph´s head, with six wings — two single wings extended to each side, and two pairs, above and below, intertwined.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.170, 345

Technical data

Inventory number
Attributed to Passignano
Incident from the Life of St. Francist
Early Último tercio del siglo XVI - XVII century
Wash; White lead; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Yellow paper
Height: 265 mm; Width: 203 mm
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. 170, 345.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 170, 345.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 105BIS.

Inscriptions +

PFD [Anagrama de Pedro Fernández Durán]
Blue ink stamp. Passepartout

105 bis
Printmaking. Passepartout

177 PASSIGNANI (Dom.). Épisode de la vie de saint Bernard. Beau dessin à la plume et lavis de bistre (Collections Crozat, Nourri, Lempereur et Gault de Saint Germain)
Scrap of paper. Passepartout

Domenico passignani. Collection Crozat, Nourri et Lempereur (Lugt 3000)
Inscribed. Back

Gault de Saint Germain (coleccionista de finales del siglo XIX sin identificar)
Inscribed. Back

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
23.11.2004 - 13.02.2005

Displayed objects +

Game / Toy

Update date: 27-01-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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