Saint Paul

Circle of Jan van Eyck Netherlandish

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Once attributed to Petrus Christus (1410-1472/73), this drawing on vellum has since been reassigned to an artist in the Circle of Jan van Eyck. It is one of two extant drawings in a series of the twelve Apostles. The vellum is so transparent that it is conceivable that the straight pen lines defining the contours and folds of the drapery were traced from a model and the hatching filled in afterward with point of brush. It is likely that the Lehman drawing and its prototype related to a painting, possibly a grisaille painting, rather than to sculpture.

Saint Paul, Circle of Jan van Eyck (Netherlandish, Maaseyck (?) 1390–Brussels 1441), Pen and brown ink, point of the brush and brown ink, with purple and gold heightening in the hilt of the sword, on vellum, Netherlandish

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