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Saint Paul
Berruguete, Pedro
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Berruguete, Pedro

Paredes de Nava, Palencia (Spain), 1445 - Madrid? (Spain), 1503

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Saint Paul

1493 - 1499. Tempera on twill / twill weave canvas. Not on display

This is one of a group of four tempera paintings on canvas twill probably from the church of Santo Tomás in Avila. The four are thematically grouped in two pairs, one with depictions of saints -Saint Peter (P124) and the present Saint Paul- and the other, an Adoration of the First Magus (P125) and Two Magi (P126). The four works have similar compositions, with Renaissance structures and fundamentally Gothic decoration.

Here, Saint Paul is depicted in a broad niche that appears to open in the middle of a structured wall. Its low viewpoint follows models by Andrea Mantegna and allows us to see the ceiling’s double-coffered barrel vault. The broad base on which the saint’s feet rest suggests that Berruguete sought to simulate polychrome statues placed at a certain height in real wall openings. That explains the figure’s monumental character, straight torso and visible attributes.

The structure designed by Berruguete resembles the doorway of some churches from his time, although most had smooth surfaces covered with coats of arms. Here, the artist arranges medallions with profiles of male busts and laurel columns that allude to triumph, much like roman medals.


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Saint Peter
Tempera on twill / twill weave canvas, 1493 - 1499
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Berruguete, Pedro
Saint Paul
1493 - 1499
Twill / twill weave canvas
Height: 350 cm.; Width: 206 cm.
Church of Santo Tomás, Ávila; Church of San Pedro, Ávila; Museo de la Trinidad, 1872

Bibliography +

Lafora García, Juan, Pedro Berruguete: apuntes para la catalogacion de algunas de sus obras, Arte Español / Revista Española de Arte, 8, 1926/1927, pp. 163-169.

Mayer, August L., Historia de la Pintura Española, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1928.

Sanz-Pastor y Fernández de Piérola, Consuelo, San Pablo en el arte: XIX Centenario de su venida a España, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Junta Nacional, Madrid, 1964.

Longhi, Roberto, Antologia di artisti 'Per Juan de Borgoña', Paragone, 189, 1965, pp. 65-71.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, Pintura y escultura del renacimiento en España: 1450-1600, Cátedra, Madrid, 1983, pp. 105/ lám. 84.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 55.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas, Museo de la Trinidad, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1991.

Silva Maroto, María Pilar, Pedro Berruguete, Junta de Castilla y León, Salamanca, 1998, pp. 241-243.

Ramos Gómez, Luis Javier, Pedro Berruguete y algunos de sus recursos perspectívicos espaciales, Simposium Internacional "Pedro Berruguete y su entorno", Palencia, 2004, pp. 217 / lám. 1 221 nt.13.

Caballero Escamilla, S., Las sargas de Pedro Berruguete en el Museo del Prado: origen e interpretación iconográfica, Boletín del Museo e Instituto "Camón Aznar"., 101, 2008, pp. 7-30 [20-29 f.3].

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de la Trinidad, Pintura. Núm. 1068.
1068. / S.n Pablo. con una espada en la mano d.ra y un libro en la izq.da figª de tamº nat.l y cuerpo entº / Autor</br>Alto 3,46; ancho 2,00 / Pintado al temple bastante deteriorado, necesitan con urgencia restaurarse y en el almacen de la restauracion / N 15 / I Galofre / 1ª clase.

Catálogo Museo de la Trinidad, 1865. Núm. 1069.
ESCUELAS ITALIANAS. / 1169.[errata] S. Pablo. / Lienzo. - Al. 3,43. - An. 2,01. - Fig. t. n. / El Santo Apóstol dentro de una hornacina.

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Update date: 21-10-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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