The Deaths of the Blessed Ugoccione and Sostegno (recto); A Study of the Farnese Hercules (verso)

Object Details

Title:

The Deaths of the Blessed Ugoccione and Sostegno (recto); A Study of the Farnese Hercules (verso)

Artist/Maker:

Bernardino Poccetti (Barbatelli) (Italian, 1548 - 1612)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Italy, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1604–1612

Medium:

Black chalk, brush and brown ink and brown wash heightened with white gouache, squared in red chalk (recto); Pen and brown ink (verso)

Object Number:

85.GG.223

Dimensions:

27.6 × 41.8 cm (10 7/8 × 16 7/16 in.)

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While two angels flutter overhead, ready to guide their souls into heaven, the bodies of the blessed monks Ugoccione and Sostegno lie in state surrounded by other brethren of the Servite Order. To give the scene a sense of greater depth, Bernardino Poccetti used a rather broad and deep spatial arrangement. The arched ceiling draws the viewer's eye into the setting, while contrasting patches of dark shadow and light keep it moving. A monastery commissioned Poccetti to produce a series of fourteen frescoes with scenes from the lives of the monastery's founders, and he made this elaborate study for one of them.

On the verso of the sheet, another artist, possibly Giovanni Navarretti, sketched a study of the Farnese Hercules.

Exhibitions
From Studio to Studiolo: Florentine Draftsmanship under the First Medici Grand Dukes (October 14 to December 1, 1991) (recto)
  • The Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin), October 14 to December 1, 1991
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999