Exhibitions/ Art Object

Standing Apostle

Giovanni Bandini (called Giovanni dell'Opera) (Italian, Castello 1540–1599 Florence)
mid-16th century
Pen and brown ink
15 x 6 1/8 in. (38.1 x 15.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This study by the sculptor Giovanni Bandini belongs to a series of drawings representing single standing male apostles and prophets that was once attributed to his teacher, Baccio Bandinelli. The sheet probably relates to one of several projects Bandini executed for the cathedral of Florence, most likely the relief sculptures of the choir screen, which were begun by Bandinelli in 1547 and completed by Bandini in 1572. The standing figure may be a preparatory study for a series of sculpted apostles set in niches, also intended for the cathedral. The sharply contrasting areas of light and dark endow the figure with a sense of volume and angularity.
Marking: Annotated in pencil on the mount in an eighteenth-century hand: Donatello (partially trimmed away)
John Skippe, the Upper Hall, Ledbury, England (see Lugt 1529 a-b); his sister, Penelope Skippe, married in 1774 to James Martin, Overbury Court, Worcestershire; James Martin's son, Old Colwall, Malvern; by descent through his mother to Edward Holland; his sister, Mrs. A.C. Rayner-Wood; his nephew, Edward Holland-Martin; Skippe sale 1958, lot 10A. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1958.
William M. Griswold Linda Wolk-Simon. "Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 11 - March 27, 1994)." Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings in New York Collections. Exh. cat., New York, 1994, pp. 37, 174, no. 33.

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