Saint Matthew

Object Details

Title:

Saint Matthew

Artist/Maker(s):

Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (Italian, about 1489 - 1534)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1523

Medium:

Red chalk

Dimensions:

12.1 x 11.1 cm (4 3/4 x 4 3/8 in.)

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In traditional format, Saint Matthew sits cross-legged with pen in hand, while an angel, the saint's attribute, supports Mathew's book. To capture an idea quickly, Correggio sketched with great freedom and speed. Here he used loops and squiggles to show Saint Matthew's hair and cursory, broken lines to shape the saint's body. The facial features are smudged, a technique Correggio used to achieve the softness characteristic of his work. This animated sketch may be an early idea for a corner of a curved ceiling in the cupola of a church in Parma. In the final painting, the saint and the angel appear with Saint Jerome.

Exhibitions
16th and 17th Century Italian Drawings (December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993
North Italian Drawings of the 15th through the 17th Century (July 27 to October 10, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 27 to October 10, 1993
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999
Drawings by Correggio and Parmigianino (October 6, 2000 to May 6, 2001)
  • The British Museum, (London), October 6, 2000 to January 7, 2001
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), February 4 to May 6, 2001
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