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Martyrdom of St. Judas Taddeus
Poccetti, Bernardino Barbatelli
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Poccetti, Bernardino Barbatelli

San Marino di Valdesa, 1548 - Florence, 1612

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Martyrdom of St. Judas Taddeus

Ca. 1585. Wash, Pencil, Grey-brown ink on dark yellow paper.
Not on display

Poccetti was one of the leading Florentine painters of the early seventeenth century. Largely thanks to his youthful association with the group of painters around Santi di Tito, Poccetti soon began to practice a more naturalistic style of painting, which was in reaction to the then prevailing style of Mannerism. Not long after his visit to Rome in 1578-1580, he began work for the Oratorio della Compagnia della S. Annunziata in Florence, decorating the chapel with two stories from the Life of the Virgin as well as other frescoes. These are datable on stylistic grounds around 1585 or shortly before. Of the fourteen lunettes in the nearby cloister, six are by Poccetti, one of them representing the Martyrdom of St. Judas Taddeus. The dating of Poccetti´s lunette frescoes in the cloister is not straightforward, but it seems that they were carried out in the period 1585-1590. The apostle and martyr St. Judas Taddeus, whom John (XIV, 22) cites as "the other Judas, not Iscariot", was the brother of James the Less. Together with Simon Zelotes, he spent his ministry in Persia, where he was martyred with a club, halberd or lance, any of which may be adopted as his attribute. In the drawing, one of his tormentors points a halberd at the saint´s neck, as he falls to the ground, while at the same time, the surrounding buildings collapse in an earthquake (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. 146).

Technical data

Inventory number
Poccetti, Bernardino Barbatelli
Martyrdom of St. Judas Taddeus
Ca. 1585
Wash; Pencil; Grey-brown ink
Dark yellow paper
Height: 307 mm; Width: 267 mm
L. Zoomer; unidentified French collector; Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., I Grandi Disegni Italiani Nelle Collezioni Di Madrid, Silvana Editoriale D'Arte, Milán, 1978, pp. nº 16.

Hamilton, Paul C., Disegni Di Bernardino Poccetti. (San Marino V. E. 1548-Firenze 1612)., Leo S.Olschki Editore, Florencia, 1980, pp. bajo nº 16.

Mena Marqués, Manuela, Catalogo de Dibujos.VI. Dibujos Italianos del Siglo XVII, [s.n], Madrid, 1983, pp. 132 / lám. 242.

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. 146, 354.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 146.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 406.

Inscriptions +

I.P.Z [Anagrama de la colección de L. Zoomer].
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower left corner

PFD [Anagrama de Pedro Fernández Durán]
Printmaking. Passepartout

Printmaking. Passepartout

Coleccion de Paul Zammers [equivocación con Zoomer] / Comprado en París 1867.
Inscribed in pen and ink. Passepartout

Este dibujo entusiasmó sobremanera á Dn Valentin Carderera dándole la calificácion de soberbio dibujo
Inscribed in pen and ink. Passepartout

Ludovico Molino [grafía del siglo XIX]

Inscribed. Passepartout

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

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

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