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The Evangelist Saint Luke seated in a landscape and other studies
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)
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Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)

Verona, 1528 - Venice, 1588

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The Evangelist Saint Luke seated in a landscape and other studies

1580 - 1581. Wash, White lead, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink, Touches of chalk / pencil on dark yellow paper. Not on display

The pose of the Evangelist, seated on a mound in a landscape, with one leg astride the back of the ox, his attribute, recalls the painted figure of St. Luke in one of four irregularly shaped compartments of Evangelists at the corners of the ceiling of the destroyed church of S. Nicolo della Lattuga ai Frari, decorated by Paolo Veronese and his school in 1580-1581, and now in the Basilica of SS. Giovanni e Paolo (Pignatti, 1976, I, pp. 157-58, cat. no. 288; II, fig. 644); the ceiling´s central compartment, also now in SS. Giovanni e Paolo, is an Adoration of the Magi, likewise by Veronese and helpers. Since the destruction of S. Nicolo della Lattuga, the ceiling has had a somewhat chequered history: in 1826 it was transferred to the Palazzo Ducale and, in 1909, entered the Gallerie dell´Accademia. Only in 1929 was it accorded its present function as the presbytery ceiling of the Cappella del Rosario in SS. Giovanni e Paolo.

In fact, St. Luke in the Prado drawing conflates the poses of two of the Evangelists from the S. Nicolo della Lattuga and SS. Giovanni e Paolo compartments, borrowing also some elements from the figure of St. John (Pignatti, 1976, I, pp. 157-58, cat. no. 290; II, fig. 644). In the painted compartment, St. John turning his head back to the right, stretches his left arm forward to hold in his hand the top of a tall, elaborately shaped lectern, the base of which rests on his knees. The upper part of the figure of St. Luke in the Prado drawing echoes this position of the St. John. The fact that the St. Luke in the Prado drawing shows the Evangelist in a landscape setting suggests that it was done early on in the preparation of the artist´s designs, when the decision had not yet been taken to show the figures on clouds against the sky. Certainly the style of drawing employed indicates that it is a working study, the angular breadth of the pen work and the sparing, beautifully modulated areas of wash corresponding exactly in handling to that of Veronese´s other drawings of the type (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. 112).

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Inventory number
D003003
Author
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)
Title
The Evangelist Saint Luke seated in a landscape and other studies
Date
1580 - 1581
Technique
Wash; White lead; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink; Touches of chalk / pencil
Support
Dark yellow paper
Dimension
Height: 310 mm; Width: 217 mm
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931; I. Brun

Bibliography +

Pignatti, Terisio, Veronese: l'opera completa, I,II, Alfieri, Venecia, 1976, pp. 157-8, nº 288 (vol. I); fig. 644 (vol.II).

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. 411.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 112, 411.

Turner, Nicholas, Paolo Veronese 'The Evangelist Saint Luke seated in a landscape and other studies' En:, Italian masterpieces from Spain's royal court, Museo del Prado, National Gallery of Victoria Thames & Hudson, 2014, pp. 86.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 6.

Inscriptions +

Paul Caliari (Le Veronese)
Passepartout

Paulo Veronese.
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower left corner

Exhibitions +

Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court. Museo Nacional del Prado
Melbourne
16.05.2014 - 31.08.2014

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
Madrid
23.11.2004 - 13.02.2005

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

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