A Male Saint in Glory

Object Details

Title:

A Male Saint in Glory

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra (Spanish, 1638 - 1689)

Culture:

Spanish

Date:

about 1660 - 1689

Medium:

Pen and brown and grayish brown inks

Dimensions:

16 x 11 cm (6 5/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

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A cloud of putti raise up to heaven an unknown saint with arms outstretched. Using rapid and somewhat sketchy penwork, Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra formed the saint and his chubby supporters with briskly drawn hatching. Quick lines suggest the extended fingers on the saint's right hand, while overlapping circles hint at the swirling motion of the putti. One putto even seems to ascend in a tornado like a small whirling dervish in the upper right. In the bottom corner, a plump cherub with tousled hair detaches himself from the group and flies off.

Scholars believe that the saint is a deacon, since he wears a short tunic or dalmatic and a square ornament known as a pectoral on his chest.

Exhibitions
Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560 -1825 (September 14 to November 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14 to November 28, 1999
Window onto Spain: Drawings and Prints from Ribera to Goya (February 17 to May 16, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 17 to May 16, 2004