Saint Christopher Bearing the Christ Child

Giovanni Antonio da Pordenone (Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis) Italian

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This pictorial 'chiaroscuro' study is Pordenone's finished drawing for the Saint Christopher he painted on one of the two shutters of a cupboard for ecclesiastical silver in Saint Rocco, Venice, about 1527 (Cohen, 1980, fig- 44). The sheet is squared for its proportional transfer onto the larger canvas. An old copy of this drawing is in the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (Master Drawings from Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 1971, no. 11, repr., as Pordenone), which once figured in the collection of Baron Vivant Denon and was reproduced in reverse in Denon's "Monuments", vol. 2, pl. 124. At the Musée Condé in Chantilly there is a red chalk study for the figures of Saint Martin and the beggar represented on the other shutter in Saint Rocco (Cohen 1980, figs. 41 and 42). Together with other Venetian drawings in the Museum's collection, the sheet comes from the prestigious collection of John B. Skippe (1742-1812).

Saint Christopher Bearing the Christ Child, Giovanni Antonio da Pordenone (Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis) (Italian, Pordenone 1483?–1539 Ferrara), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, on blue paper, squared vertically and horizontally in red chalk, diagonally in charcoal

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