The J. Paul Getty Museum

Study of the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Object Details

Title:

Study of the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

1526–1528

Medium:

Red chalk

Object Number:

87.GB.91

Dimensions:

24.4 × 20.6 cm (9 5/8 × 8 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

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
Exhibitions
Exhibition of Italian Art, 1200 - 1900 (January to March 1930)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January to March 1930
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection (1962 to 1963)
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), 1962 to 1963
  • Pierpont Morgan Library (New York), 1962 to 1963
  • National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), 1962 to 1963
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 1962 to 1963
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco), 1962 to 1963
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), 1962 to 1963
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1962 to 1963
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (July 5 to August 31, 1969)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), July 5 to August 31, 1969
The Genius of Venice, 1500-1600 (November 25, 1983 to March 11, 1984)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), November 25, 1983 to March 11, 1984
Il Pordenone (July 21 to November 11, 1984)
  • San Francesco's Church, Pordenone, July 21 to November 11, 1984
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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006