Saint Paul of Thebes tempted by a demon, after Magnasco
Bartolommeo Gazalis (Italian, born Genoa, active Milan, 1720–30)
After Alessandro Magnasco (Italian, Genoa 1667–1749 Genoa)
Sheet: 12 7/8 × 8 1/4 in. (32.7 × 21 cm)
A. Hyatt Mayor Purchase Fund, Marjorie Phelps Starr Bequest, 2015
Not on view
Born around 227 in the Thebaid region of Egypt, Paul of Thebes is regarded as the first Christian hermit. Here he is shown partly naked, meditating on a cross, and seated outdoors, emphasizing his poverty and commitment to spiritual life. The skull in the lower left corner is a reminder of the transience of earthly existence. In the upper section, a demon in the guise of a sensuous woman attempts to distract him from his devotion. The saint’s elon-gated figure and the loose and dense style of etching reflect his familiarity with the prints of Giovanni Bene-detto Castiglione
Gazalis made only two etchings, both based on designs by Magnasco. The only other known impression of this print is the Civica Raccolta Bertarelli in Milan.
Inscription: Lettered along bottom: in centre 'PAVLVS' to the left 'Alexander Magnascus in.' to the right 'Gazalis sculp.' In pen and ink lower left ‘no. 2’
Vendor: Nicolaas Teeuwisse (Dutch, active Berlin)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection".
Heller/Andresen 1870, no.1.
Handbuch für Kupferstichsammler. Leipzig, 1870, cat. no. 1, I, 557.
Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)Date: ca. 1749–50Medium: Etching, engraving, sulphur tint or open bite, burnishing; first state of four (Robison)Accession: 37.45.3(27)On view in:Not on view
Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)Date: 1658Medium: Etching, drypoint, and engraving on japan paper; second of six statesAccession: 29.107.28On view in:Not on view