The Incredulity of Thomas (recto); Study for the Figure of Thomas (verso)

Object Details

Title:

The Incredulity of Thomas (recto); Study for the Figure of Thomas (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Pellegrino Tibaldi (Italian (Bolognese), 1527 - 1596)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1565 - 1585

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white bodycolor, over black chalk (recto); pen and brown ink (verso)

Dimensions:

28.1 x 27.3 cm (11 1/16 x 10 3/4 in.)

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Saint Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples, was not present when the resurrected Christ first appeared to his disciples. Until he had seen for himself the wounds of Jesus' Crucifixion, Thomas refused to believe in the Resurrection. When Jesus appeared again, he instructed Thomas to touch the nail holes in his hands and feel the gash in his side. Finally, "Doubting Thomas" believed.

In this composition, a heroic Christ strides forward confidently, cape billowing and surrounded by a radiant glow. Pellegrino Tibaldi characteristically used a nervously energetic line and treated the disciples' hair as if composed of small ringlets. His Mannerist tendencies led him to fill the sheet almost to overflowing with his swelling figures. Taking inspiration from Michelangelo's massive forms, Tibaldi gave the figures muscularity, vitality, and heavy limbs. His profuse white heightening gives this drawing the feel of a painting.

On the verso, Tibaldi made a study for the figure of Thomas.

Exhibitions
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999, (Cat. recto)
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001, (Cat. recto)