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The Conversion of St Paul, study for a lunette
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk
Verso: A right leg and the muscles of a right arm
Black chalk; pen and brown ink, over red chalk
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Height: 209 millimetres
Width: 283 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The drawing is a study for the lunette in the upper part of the left-hand side wall of the 5th chapel on the left in S. Maria in Aracoeli.
Acquired as anonymous; then placed under Salviati; moved to Poccetti in March 1946; transferred to Circignani by J.A.Gere; now as Roncalli.
Watermark (partly cut away): oval with a cross on a shaped base.
Lit: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 248
Gere & Pouncey 1983
The drawing is evidently Roman, and the attribution to Circignani is not far from the mark; but we now see the composition as too accomplished, too rhythmic and too developed for him, and as approximating more closely in style to Cristofano Roncalli, of whom we are also minded by the colossal proportions of some foreground figures.
Our attribution is confirmed by Kirwin's observation ('Diss.', p. 363) that the drawing is a study for the lunette in the upper part of the l.-hand side wall of the 5th chapel on the l. in S. Maria in Aracoeli. An approximate indication of the date of the decoration of the chapel is provided by an inscription dated 1586 (Forcella, i, p. 197, no. 752) which records the replacing of the memorial tablets of the patrons of the chapel after its restoration.
Composition studies for the lunette of the 'Baptism of St Paul' on the opposite side wall are in the Uffizi (693F; 'Toscani a Roma', fig. 8) and in Munich (2304); and a drawing for the figure of the priest baptising Paul is also in the Uffizi (11192F, as Taddeo Zuccaro; 'Toscani a Roma', fig. 12).
Literature: Kirwin, p. 363; idem, Paragone, 335 (1978). p. 55, n. 76; idem, Toscani a Roma, under no. 9.
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