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The Martyrdom of the Apostle Thomas

Artist:
Giovanni Lanfranco (Italian, Parma 1582–1647 Rome)
Date:
1638–1646
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, spots of red wash at upper right and left
Dimensions:
6 7/8 x 6 1/8in. (17.4 x 15.6cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter Lowry, 1956
Accession Number:
56.219.4
Not on view
An excellent example of Lanfranco's Neapolitan manner with pen and ink, this study is preparatory for a fresco of the Martyrdom of Saint Matthias, at the right of a window in the inner façade of the church of Santi Apostoli, Naples. Between 1638 and 1646 Lanfranco frescoed the interior of this church with scenes of the Apostles' deaths by martyrdom. Other studies for the same compositions are now in the Museo di Capodimonte (Naples), Royal Collections at Windsor Castle, and the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi (Florence).
Walter Lowry, New York; Donor: Walter Lowry, New York
Morgan Library & Museum, New York. "Drawings from New York Collections, II. The Seventeenth Century in Italy," February 23, 1967–April 22, 1967.

Walter Vitzthum "Seicento Drawings at the Cabinet des Dessins." The Burlington Magazine. vol. 52, London, February 1960, fig. no. 31, p. 75.

Jacob Bean, Walter Vitzthum, Felice Stampfle "Disegni del Lanfranco e del Benaschi." in Bolletino d'Arte. vols. 1-2, Italy, January - June, 1961, cat. no. 1-2, fig. no. 16, p.110, ill.

Frederick J. Cummings Art in Italy 1600-1700. Exh. cat., The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1965, p. 96-97 (as The Martyrdom of St. Matthew).

Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. II: The Seventeenth Century in Italy. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1967, p. 34, ill.

Walter Vitzthum "Review: Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. 2: The Seventeenth Century in Italy (Exh. cat., New York, MMA and PML, by Jacob Bean and Felice Stampfle, 1967)." Burlington Magazine. vol. 109, London, April 1967, fig. no. 769, p.253.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 259, fig. no. 259, p. 195, ill.

Erich Schleier Disegni di Giovanni Lanfanco (1582-1647). Exh. cat., Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Florence, 1983, p. 205.

Laura Giles, Lia Markey, Claire Van Cleave Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum. Princeton, 2014, p. 274, n. 1, under no. 131 (entry by Claire Van Cleave).



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