"Bearded Man Filling a Glass" and "Youth Running"

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"Bearded Man Filling a Glass" and "Youth Running"


Giorgio Vasari (Italian, 1511 - 1574)




about 1544–1545


Pen and brown ink and brown wash over black chalk, heightened with white gouache on blue paper

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Giorgio Vasari made these two studies as side panels for a tripartite painting in the ceiling of a Naples monastery. The central panel is now lost, though scholars believe that it depicted the Feast in the House of Simon, the New Testament event at which Mary Magdalene anointed Christ while Judas prepared to betray him.

Vasari depicted the figures in Roman attire so viewers in the 1500s would understand that the painting tells a Biblical story. The entertaining spectacle of waiters serving food and drink illustrates Vasari's use of religious motifs to draw scenes of everyday life. On the left a bearded man fills a glass, surrounded by vases in various fantastic forms, while on the right two young men rush plates of steaming food to the table.

Related Works

Paul Sandby, British, 1725 - 1809

Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence (July 15 to October 19, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 15 to October 19, 2003