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Saint Jerome (recto); Soldier with a Spear (verso)

Artist:
Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, Venice 1460/66?–1525/26 Venice)
Date:
1460–1525
Medium:
Brush with black ink and gray wash, over traces of black chalk or charcoal, highlighted with white gouache on blue paper (recto); black chalk, highlighted with white gouache, with some brush and gray wash (verso)
Dimensions:
6 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. (17.2 x 10.5 cm); maximum; irregularly cut
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harry G. Sperling Fund, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and Fletcher and Rogers Funds, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.14a, b
Not on view
Carpaccio was among the first to explore the possibilities of drawing on blue paper. This study of an old man was made for the figure of Saint Jerome in the altarpiece of the cathedral of Zadar (Croatia), painted about 1493. The artist built up the forms through straight lines that correspond to his stiff conception of the figure, but his choice of media suffuses the drawing with a sense of atmosphere and light. The drawing of a soldier with a spear on the back of the sheet is likely a preparatory study as well.
Inscription: On verso, annotated by the hand usually identified with the "Borghese-Sagredo" album (Zaccaria Sagredo?) in pen and brown ink, at right center, "S.V. nº: 13" and at bottom corner, "Carpaccio".

Marking: No watermark.
Borghese-Sagredo Album; Zaccaria Sagredo (Italian, Venice 1653–1729 Venice); Private Collection, Lyon; Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 5, 1998–September 14, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 27, 2000–September 10, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15, 2014–September 29, 2014.

Pietro Scarpa "Disegni Sconosciuti di Vettor Carpaccio." in Interpretazioni Veneziani, Studi di Storia dell'Arte in Onore di Michelangelo Muraro. Ed. by David Rosand, 1984, fig. no. 1 and 2, pp. 133-135, ill.

Konrad Oberhuber, Pietro Scarpa Drawings Defined. Edited by Walter L. Strauss, Edited by Tracie Felker, New York, 1987, fig. no. 7, p. 390, ill.

Carmen C. Bambach, Colta Ives, Carolyn Logan, Nadine Orenstein, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, a selection: 1997-1998." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 56, no. 2, New York, Autumn 1998, (entry by Carmen C. Bambach), p. 18, ill.



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