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
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Giuseppe Maria Crespi (Italian (Bolognese), 1665 - 1747)
about 1720 - 1730
Red chalk over traces of black chalk. The figure's right hand drawn by the artist on a separate piece of paper and made up
28.1 x 21.1 cm (11 1/16 x 8 5/16 in.)
The bearded, elderly
Even as he sits in quiet contemplation, Saint Paul exudes strength. Giuseppe Maria Crespi's strong modeling of the saint's body and drapery gives him additional power. The artist crafted the
Crespi usually made less-finished drawings than this work, which leads scholars to guess that this drawing may have been intended as a design for an etching or engraving.