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Study for a composition of 'St Antony of Padua raising a man from the dead', formerly in an album; interior with further figures behind
Verso: Studies of nude male figures
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Height: 269 millimetres
Width: 199 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also Curator's comment in 1988,1105.91(1). A photograph of a more finished drawing by or after Sacchi for this composition from a private collection is in the dossier.
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 283
Like T,13.22, this is a study for Sacchi's altarpiece of 'St Anthony of Padua Raising a Man from the Dead' in S. Maria della Concezione, Rome, though it was drawn at a later moment in the evolution of the design, since most of the elements in the painting have already found their place here. The contrast in handling between the two drawings is striking, with the present sketch being the more typical of Sacchi's cautious touch. Among the principal remaining differences from the picture are the absence in the drawing of the statue in the niche behind the saint (which is based on Duquesnoy's 'S. Susanna' in S.Maria di Loreto, Rome); the shroud covering the man being raised from the dead; and the two putti at the top of the composition. In the drawing, the two figures at the left edge, emerging from behind the saint, are similarly left unresolved. This perhaps explains why the figure of one of them, that in front, was studied separately in the three sketches on the verso.
A more fully worked up, nearly identical version of this drawing is in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (inv.no.4357; Blunt and Cooke, 1960, no. 761), of which an accurate copy is at Holkham Hall, Norfolk (Popham and Lloyd, 1986, no. 238).
Literature: Harris, 1965, p. 277; Harris and Schaar, 1967, p. 37, under no. 37; Harris, 1977(a), p. 70, under no. 35; Popham and Lloyd, 1986, p. 103, under no. 238.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- From an album of chiefly 17th-century Italian drawings, with a 19th-century binding inscribed: "CHALKS"; on the back fly-leaf: "Broke Hall". The entire album was purchased using £240 donated to the BM by Sotheby's. Some drawings were mounted at the time of acquisition by the Museum (1963,1109.29-31, 1963,1109.26-27, 1963,1109.24-25); the remainder was registered in 1988 (see 1988,1105.91 and sub-numbers).
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