Saints Peter, Martha, Mary Magdalen, and Leonard

Correggio (Antonio Allegri) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 609

Four saints, each appearing to be lost in thought, are shown before a dark forest grove and illuminated by a soft light. Commissioned for a church in the painter’s hometown of Correggio, the four saints were chosen by the patron, Melchiore Fassi. Correggio was one of the most original painters of the Renaissance, and in this early picture he explored ideas put into circulation by Leonardo da Vinci, seeking a haunting ambiguity of expression and a soft, enveloping light.

Saints Peter, Martha, Mary Magdalen, and Leonard, Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (Italian, Correggio, active by 1514–died 1534 Correggio), Oil on canvas

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