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Saint Genesius, the Comedian, before Diocletian
Pozzo, Giovanni Battista
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Pozzo, Giovanni Battista

Vasolda, 1563 - Roma, 1591

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Saint Genesius, the Comedian, before Diocletian

Late XVI century. Wash, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on blue paper. Not on display

Rhoda Eitel-Porter has kindly confirmed that this drawing is indeed by Pozzo and connected with the artist´s share of the decoration of the Peretti Chapel in S. Susanna, Rome. The chapel is dedicated to St. Laurence, and Pozzo, a little-known painter from Valsolda (Milan), decorated it with scenes from the lives of Saints Eleutherius and Genesius, shortly before his premature death. The altarpiece of the Martyrdom of St. Laurence was painted by Cesare Nebbia (c. 1536-1614). Drawings by Pozzo are rare, and Eitel-Porter´s forthcoming article "Two Drawings by Giovanni Battista Pozzo" discusses what little is so far known about them. One of these, in the Albertina, Vienna, is a study for another of the compartments in Pozzo´s chapel decoration. The Vienna drawing, in style, composition and figure types, agrees perfectly with that in the Prado here catalogued.

Technical data

Inventory number
Pozzo, Giovanni Battista
Saint Genesius, the Comedian, before Diocletian
Late XVI century
Wash; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Blue paper
Height: 420 mm; Width: 274 mm
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931; I. Brun; F. Solís</br>

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. 369.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 369.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 2728.

Inscriptions +

De mano de gironimo muttiano
Inscribed in pen and brown ink. Front, lower central area

G. B. Pozzo? Per la cappella Peretti in S. Susanna a Roma?
Inscribed in pencil. Passepartout

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

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