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Saint Christopher Bearing the Christ Child

Artist:
Giovanni Antonio da Pordenone (Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis) (Italian, Pordenone 1483?–1539 Ferrara)
Date:
1484–1539
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, on blue paper, squared vertically and horizontally in red chalk, diagonally in charcoal
Dimensions:
14 1/4 × 9 3/4 in. (36.2 × 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
60.135
Not on view
This pictorial 'chiaroscuro' study is Pordenone's finished drawing for the Saint Christopher he painted on one of the two shutters of a cupboard for ecclesiastical silver in Saint Rocco, Venice, about 1527 (Cohen, 1980, fig- 44). The sheet is squared for its proportional transfer onto the larger canvas. An old copy of this drawing is in the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (Master Drawings from Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 1971, no. 11, repr., as Pordenone), which once figured in the collection of Baron Vivant Denon and was reproduced in reverse in Denon's "Monuments", vol. 2, pl. 124. At the Musée Condé in Chantilly there is a red chalk study for the figures of Saint Martin and the beggar represented on the other shutter in Saint Rocco (Cohen 1980, figs. 41 and 42). Together with other Venetian drawings in the Museum's collection, the sheet comes from the prestigious collection of John B. Skippe (1742-1812).
John B. Skippe (British, 1742–1812 London); His daughter, Penelope Skippe Martin (British, died 1830); Her husband James Martin (British, born 1738); By descent to Edward Holland-Martin (British, born 1900); By descent to Mrs. J. Raynor Wood (British); Skippe Sale, Christie's, London, November 20-21,1958, no.161; Vendor: Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London)
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Linda Borean "Per il collezionismo grafico tra Venezia e Londra nel Settecento. Il caso di John Skippe." Studi di Memofonte. no. 12, 2014, pp. 75, 79, note 18 and fig. 2.



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