Study of the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Object Details

Title:

Study of the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Artist/Maker(s):

Pordenone (Giovanni Antonio de'Sacchis) (Italian, about 1483/1484 - 1539)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

1526 - 1528

Medium:

Red chalk

Dimensions:

24.4 x 20.6 cm (9 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.)

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Saint Peter Martyr, a Dominican friar, was murdered by hired assassins. This drawing shows the murderer forcefully restraining the struggling priest, who tries to ward off his attacker with an upraised arm. Pordenone conveyed a sense of immediacy by using a loose, gestural line and broad, quick cross-hatching. The pathos shown on the face of Saint Peter Martyr and the brute strength indicated by the muscular right arm and fist of the assassin indicate the artist's skill in capturing this violent act. Pordenone probably made this study for a competition with Titian and Palma Vecchio to paint an altarpiece for a church in Venice.

Exhibitions
Le siècle de Titien: L'âge d'or de la peinture à Venise (March 9 to June 14, 1993)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), March 9 to June 14, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (86)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (37)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998) (37)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
From Pordenone to Palma Il Giovane (October 14 to December 10, 2000) (37)
  • San Francesco's Church, Pordenone, October 14 to December 10, 2000
A North Italian Itinerary: Renaissance Drawings from Leonardo to Titian (December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006) (37)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006