Saint Francis (recto); Dead Christ (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Saint Francis (recto); Dead Christ (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci) (Italian (Florentine), 1494 - 1557)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1517 - 1518

Medium:

Black chalk (recto); black chalk with some white chalk heightening (verso)

Dimensions:

40.5 x 28.4 cm (15 15/16 x 11 3/16 in.)

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The figure of Saint Francis kneels with his hands clasped in prayer, wearing a hooded cassock. Soft lines of parallel hatching as well as smudging give texture and depth to the image, which contains few details. Pontormo used this sketch in preparation for painting the saint in an altarpiece. He drew Saint Francis over a partially obliterated standing man with a staff in his left hand, posed frontally with his head tilted to the left.

Pontormo also conserved paper on the verso, drawing a powerful image of the dead Christ with his head thrown dramatically backward, over a female figure in profile. With a flurry of pencil strokes, he suggested an emaciated body with slender limbs and taut flesh. The right margin of the drawing also contains fragmentary sketches, perhaps of drapery, indicating that the sheet used to be larger and had further drawings on it.

Provenance

Jonathan Richardson the Elder, British, 1667 - 1745

Sir Joshua Reynolds, British, 1723 - 1792

Thomas Hudson

Exhibitions
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. verso 85)
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. verso 36)
Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996, (Cat. recto)
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997, (Cat. recto)
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, (Cat. verso)
The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440 - 1880) (December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000, (Cat. verso)
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, (Cat. recto)
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the Renaissance in Florence (May 27 to September 5, 2005)
  • National Gallery of Canada, (Ottawa), May 27 to September 5, 2005, (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)