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Drawing - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist
    da Caravaggio, Polidoro
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Beheading of St. John the Baptist

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    da Caravaggio, Polidoro (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and bistre, washed and heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.214

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 18

Physical description

Beheading of St. John the Baptist; The scene represented under an archway, where the daughter of Herodias is receiving the head on a charger; soldiers are grouped around the decapitated saint, whose body has fallen on the ground over his cross; Pen and bistre, washed and heightened with white.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

da Caravaggio, Polidoro (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and bistre, washed and heightened with white

Dimensions

Height: 10.9 in, Width: 14.1 in

Descriptive line

Polidoro da Caravaggio (ascribed to); Beheading of St. John the Baptist; The daughter of Herodias is receiving the head on a charger; Pen and bistre, washed and heightened with white; 16th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings. Volume II. 17th-18th century, London, 1979, p. 104

The following is the full text of the entry:

The beheading of St John the Baptist Inscribed in pencil in a modern hand on the mount 'M. A. Caravaggio'

Pen and ink and wash heightened with white on brown washed paper
11 x 13 1/8 (280 x 333) Dyce 214

PROVENANCE Dyce Bequest 1869

LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 214 (as 'anonymous, ascribed to Polidoro Caldara')
The strong chiaroscuro and the highlighting of realistic details suggest a provincial follower of Caravaggio.

Materials

Pen; Bistre

Techniques

Drawing; Wash technique; Heightening

Subjects depicted

Charger; Religion (concept); Soldiers; Man's head; Crosses (objects)

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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