Saint Joseph Presented by the Virgin to the Holy Trinity

Corrado Giaquinto Italian

Not on view

In 1965, Anthony M. Clark identified this drawing as a study for Giaquinto's fresco, executed around 1735-39 on the vault of a chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph in the church of Santa Teresa, Turin. The chapel, designed by Filippo Juvarra, was comissioned by Carlo Emanuele III, the "Re di Sardegna" mentioned in the annotation on the verso of the sheet. Giaquinto also supplied lateral canvases for the chapel, a "Rest on the Flight into Egypt" and the "Death of Saint Joseph". Thirteen further drawings by Giaquinto that may relate to the vault fresco of Saint Joseph in Glory are in the Museo Nazionale di San Martino, Naples. Some of these are closer in design than the Museum's drawing to the fresco as executed, in which both Christ and God the Father are seated on a cloud bank and the Virgin stands to the left behind Saint Joseph. A related drawing is in the Museo di San Martino, Naples (inv. 20759).

Saint Joseph Presented by the Virgin to the Holy Trinity, Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, Molfetta 1703–1766 Naples), Red chalk, pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white

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