Two Saints in Adoration

Ventura Salimbeni Italian

Not on view

This relatively finished working drawing in bold chiaroscuro is in the form of a lunette or an apse, suggesting that it was intended as a study for a fresco. It portrays two bishop saints, with their attributes of crosiers nearby, who kneel in prayer at either side of a dividing column. The saint on the left is seen from the rear, while that on the right is seen from the front. Above, to either side of the column, groups of putti bear miniature nude male figures who presumably represent the souls of the deceased. This accomplished composition is a late work by one of the outstanding Sienese painters and draftsmen active in the late sixteenth to early seventeenth century. The sheet probably served as a demonstration drawing (modello), and is comparable to other such drawings by the artist for the fresco cycles in the Bargagli Chapel at the church of Santo Spirito in Siena, dated 1600, and in the lower part of the Oratorio di San Bernardino at the church of San Francesco in Siena, dated 1602.


Two Saints in Adoration, Ventura Salimbeni (Italian, Siena 1568–1613 Siena), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash over traces of leadpoint

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.