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Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Lo Spagna (Giovanni di Pietro) (Italian, Spain (?) ca. 1450–1528 Perugia)

Date:
early 16th century
Medium:
Point of the brush and brown ink, heightened with white (partly oxidized), traces of black chalk, on paper washed with light brown.
Dimensions:
7 3/16 x 5 7/16 in. (18.2 x 13.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.396
  • Description

    This study of Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata probably served as a preparatory study for the fresco of this subject painted by Lo Spagna for the church of San Francesco al Monte in Perugia (now Galleria Nazionale dell’ Umbria, Perugia). Dating to the early sixteenth century, the fresco is now generally attributed to Lo Spagna, an artist who appears to have been born in Spain and active in various regions of Italy and who was influenced by Perugino and Raphael. The present drawing illustrates the artist’s interest in the dynamic play of light and shadow upon the ample folds of drapery.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink in the lower left corner, perhaps in an eighteenth-century hand: Gaddo Gaddi.

    Marking: Annotated in pen and brown ink on the verso at the lower right in a seventeenth-century hand: Pietro.

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