Study of Four Saints (Peter, Paul, John the Evangelist, and Zeno)

Object Details

Title:

Study of Four Saints (Peter, Paul, John the Evangelist, and Zeno)

Artist/Maker(s):

Andrea Mantegna (Italian (Paduan), about 1431 - 1506)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1456 - 1459

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, traces of red chalk

Dimensions:

19.5 x 13.1 cm (7 11/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

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Andrea Mantegna made this drawing as a preparatory study for the left side panel of an altarpiece, still in the church of San Zeno in Verona, which he painted between 1456 and 1459. Although the drawing is highly finished, it was evidently made at an early stage of the design, since Mantegna subsequently changed the saints' positions. From left to right, the four saints are Peter, Paul, John the Evangelist, and Zeno. Saint Zeno, the patron and titular saint of Verona, wears a mitre, a bishop's liturgical headgear.

Exhibitions
Andrea Mantegna (January 17 to July 12, 1992)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 17 to April 5, 1992
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), April 28 to July 12, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (71)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (26)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998) (26)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003) (26)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003
Mantegna (2006) (September 13, 2006 to January 14, 2007) (26)
  • Palazzo della Gran Guardia, (Verona), September 13, 2006 to January 14, 2007
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010) (26)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010
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