Study of an Apostle

Object Details

Title:

Study of an Apostle

Artist/Maker(s):

Bernardino Gatti (Italian, about 1495 - 1575)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1560 - 1570

Medium:

Black and red chalk, brush and gray-black ink, gray wash heightened with white gouache, squared in red chalk

Dimensions:

39.8 x 21.8 cm (15 11/16 x 8 9/16 in.)

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Bernardino Gatti probably used a live model for this study of a monumental figure of one of Christ's apostles. To model the heavy folds of fabric that envelop the body, he applied a combination of hatched and cross-hatched lines. He indicated both the lighting and the volume of the cloth simply by varying the length and curve of the same strokes of hatching, then added a heavy layer of white and deep gray wash to give further depth to the rich draperies.

Although the sheet is squared, which suggests that it was ready to be copied to another medium, several pentimenti still remain. Gatti drew the apostle's exposed foot in two positions, moving his toes to the right to create a more balanced stance. He also experimented with the location of the figure's arms, lifting the raised one higher and changing the angle of the right arm and shoulder.

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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)