Sheet of Studies for "The Martyrdom of Saint George" (recto); Studies of a House, Tree, Heads, Artist's Tools, Decorative Motifs, and Computations (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Sheet of Studies for "The Martyrdom of Saint George" (recto); Studies of a House, Tree, Heads, Artist's Tools, Decorative Motifs, and Computations (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, 1528 - 1588)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

1566

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash (recto); pen and brown ink (verso), upper corners have been replaced.

Dimensions:

28.9 x 21.7 cm (11 3/8 x 8 9/16 in.)

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As he waits to be beheaded by the soldiers who surround him, Saint George kneels at the bottom center of the drawing. Two soldiers on horseback stand on each side to ensure that the saint does not escape. Looking up to the heavens, the saint watches the figures of Faith, Hope, and Charity intercede on his behalf with the Virgin and Child in the upper right corner. Saints Peter and Paul sit at the feet of Mary and the infant Jesus, attended by music-making angels.

Paolo Veronese made this drawing as a preparatory study for an altarpiece in Verona from about 1566. Although the drawing is very loose, it established the basic compositional features of the painting as well as the arrangement and character of the individual figures. Veronese's masterful integration of pen and wash was characteristic of his mature style.

Exhibitions
The Art of Paolo Veronese: 1528 - 1588 (November 13, 1988 to February 20, 1989)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), November 13, 1988 to February 20, 1989, (Cat. recto)
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, (Cat. recto 115)
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, (Cat. recto 52)
Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003, (Cat. recto)
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010, (Cat. recto)