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Saint John the Evangelist in Patmos
Cano, Alonso
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Cano, Alonso

Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667

Cano, Alonso See author's file

Saint John the Evangelist in Patmos

1635 - 1645. Grey-brown wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Ink on yellow laid paper.
Not on display

This drawing depicts Saint John in maturity (he may be depicted in youth or old age). He appears seated to the left, possibly on the roots of a tree, holding a writing tablet. Nevertheless, he is not looking at the tablet, but he fixes his gaze towards the eagle, his emblem. The intense abstraction of his face possibly denotes his visionary state. The elements of Saint John’s vision, in other terms, the woman of the Apocalypse, God the Father, angels and the dragon with seven heads, occupy the distant background.

The extensive retouches executed on this drawing mean that, at first glance, it is comparable to the series of drawings for the cloister of Santa Cruz la Real in Granada. It possibly erroneously led several of Cano’s critics to tentatively include this drawing in the Granada series of Dominican themes. More similarities with the Kneeling Figure are likely to exist, probably Saint John the Evangelist, in the National Library, in which a similar sketch is displayed. When disregarding the pigmentation of the watercolour and the reworking, both drawings present similar features in terms of the applied technique and the quality of the lines drawn in pen and ink.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Santander, Fundación Marcelino Botín, 2009, p.262-263


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Cano, Alonso
Saint John the Evangelist in Patmos
1635 - 1645
Grey-brown wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Ink
Yellow laid paper
Height: 135 mm; Width: 126 mm
Serie Santo Domingo, Granada
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, F.J., Dibujos Españoles. Vol. IV. Alonso Cano, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 332.

Martinez Chumillas, Manuel, Alonso Cano: estudio monográfico de la obra del insigne que fue de la catedral de Granada, Carlos Jaime, Madrid, 1949, pp. 202.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano's drawings, The Art bulletin, 34, 1952, pp. 224 y 231, nº XXIV.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 57.

Wethey, H.E., Los Dibujos de Alonso Cano.Separata, Universidad de Granada, Granada, 1979, pp. 555.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., El Dibujo Español de los Siglos de Oro, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1980, pp. nº 36 / lám. LXVIII.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano: pintor, escultor y arquitecto, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1983, pp. 164.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Historia del dibujo en España : de la Edad Media a Goya, Cátedra, Madrid, 1986, pp. 225.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Dessins Espagnols.Maitres des XVI et XVII Siecles, Reunion des Musees Nationaux, París, 1991, pp. 220, nº 113.

Véliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano's Drawings and Related Works, Courtald Institute-London Univ., Londres, 1998, pp. nº 34.

Alonso Cano dibujos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 148, nº 36.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, 2009, pp. 262-263.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 43?.

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 147.
147. San Juan Evangelista. A. Ribalta. alto 0,14 ancho 0,12. marco negro y cristal.

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 55.

Exhibitions +

Dibujos españoles de los siglos XVI y XVII
19.04.1991 - 22.07.1991

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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