Francesco de Mura (Italian, Naples 1696–1782 Naples)
Pen and brown and gray ink, brush and gray wash, over graphite
22-1/4 x 15 in. (56.5 x 38.1 cm)
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1987
Not on view
Saint Benedict stands at the center of the composition, looking upward at an apparition of the Holy Trinity, while around the saint are gathered members of the male and female religious orders that follow his monastic rule, as well as lay men and women devoted to his cult. The drawing is a study with a number of variations for a ceiling fresco, signed by de Mura and dated 1740, at the center of the nave of the Neapolitan church of Saints Severino e Sossio. In the number and in the placement of the figures, an oil sketch at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples is closer to the finished fresco than our drawing.
Colnaghi, New York
Old Master Drawings, Presented by Jean-Luc Baroni. Exh. cat. Colnaghi, New York, New York, 1987, pp. 118-19, no. 14, cat. no. 26, ill.
Lawrence Turčić "New York: Four Exhibitions of Drawings" Burlington Magazine. vol. 129, September 1987, p. 622.
Jacob Bean "Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1987 - June 30, 1988. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no.118, New York, 1988, p. 23.
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. 139, fig. no. 139, pp. 150-51, ill.
Arthur R. Blumenthal In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura Exh. cat. Cornell Fine Arts Museum and elsew. Winter Park, 2016.