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Saint Joseph Presented by the Virgin to the Holy Trinity

Artist:
Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, Molfetta 1703–1766 Naples)
Date:
ca. 1735
Medium:
Red chalk, pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white
Dimensions:
10 5/16 x 15 13/16in. (26.2 x 40.2cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.131.7
Not on view
In 1965, Anthony M. Clark identified this drawing as a study for Giaquinto's fresco, executed around 1735-39 on the vault of a chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph in the church of Santa Teresa, Turin. The chapel, designed by Filippo Juvarra, was comissioned by Carlo Emanuele III, the "Re di Sardegna" mentioned in the annotation on the verso of the sheet. Giaquinto also supplied lateral canvases for the chapel, a "Rest on the Flight into Egypt" and the "Death of Saint Joseph". Thirteen further drawings by Giaquinto that may relate to the vault fresco of Saint Joseph in Glory are in the Museo Nazionale di San Martino, Naples. Some of these are closer in design than the Museum's drawing to the fresco as executed, in which both Christ and God the Father are seated on a cloud bank and the Virgin stands to the left behind Saint Joseph. A related drawing is in the Museo di San Martino, Naples (inv. 20759).
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower right, Corrado Giaquinto; on verso, in pen and brown ink, fatto per Il Re di Sardegna di palmi / 43-28-. Annotated in graphite at lower right verso: 28347 (Colnaghi stock number).
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from New York Collections. III: The Eighteenth Century in Italy," January 30, 1971–March 21, 1971.

Exhibition of Old Master Drawings. Exh. cat., June 16-July 7. P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1964, cat. no. 77, fig. no. 77.

Walter Vitzthum, Catherine Monbeig Goguel Le Dessin à Naples du XVIe siècle au XVIIIe siecle Exh. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, Cabinet des Dessins,. Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1967, p. 51.

Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, vol. III: Eighteenth Century Italian Drawings. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1971, cat. no. 163, p. 70, ill.

Catherine Johnston Il Seicento e il Settecento a Bologna: Barocco a Napoli e nell'Italia meridionale. Milan, 1971, fig. no. 30, ill.

The Golden Age of Naples. Art and Civilization under the Bourbons. 1734-1805. Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago and The Detroit Institute of Arts, 2 vols., Detroit and Chicago, 1981, vol. 2, p. 246, fig. 85 (text by Marina Causa Picone), ill.

Jacob Bean, William M. Griswold 18th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, cat. no. 74, fig. no. 74, pp. 88-89, ill.



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