After training with Cesare Corte and about the time of his religious vocation, Strozzi entered the workshop of Pietro Sorri (1556-1622), the innovative Sienese painter sojourning in Genoa from 1956 to 1598, who led Strozzi's taste away from the somewhat artificial elegance of Cambiaso's late Mannerist style towards a greater naturalism.
The Metropolitan Museum 'Saint Peter' likely dates later still, in the 1620s, when the taste for northern European art had found a receptive public in Genoa. Drawn with the incisively clear outlines and nearby calligraphic curved hatching of Albrecht Durer and Hans Baldung Grien, it depicts the apostle Peter as a pensive, bald, elderly peasant man with deeply furrowed brow, wild locks of hair, dense beard, and knobby-jointed fingers. In type and technique it relates to a bust-length Saint John the Evangelist (Louvre, Paris, inv. no. RF 38817; see Bernardo Strozzi 1995, no. 105). Probably part of a compendium, both of these figures exhibit traces of octagonal framing outlines on the bottom of the sheet and may thus be ricordi (records) of already executed compositions rather than preliminary studies. The drawing was part of the so-called Borghese-Sagredo album and is annotated along the lower border of the verso, "P.G. no. 38," as for "Prete Genovese" probably by Zaccaria Sagredo (for this aspect see also inv. no. 1997.223 and Piero Boccardo in Bernardo Strozzi 1995.).
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink on verso, P.G. no: 38.
Borghese-Sagredo Album; Zaccaria Sagredo (Italian); Christie's, Monaco- sale, July 2, 1993, no. 39
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Artist: Bernardo Strozzi (Italian, Genoa 1581–1644 Venice) Date: 1581–1644Medium: Pen and brown ink, over traces of leadpoint or black chalk, on off-white laid paper; framing outlines in pen and darker brown inkAccession: 1998.255On view in:Not on view