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Drawing -  Design for the altarpiece in the Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice
  • Design for the altarpiece in the Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice
    Palma, Jacopo Il Giovane
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Design for the altarpiece in the Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Venice

  • Date:

    Before 1614

  • Artist/Maker:

    Palma, Jacopo Il Giovane (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, and wash on paper, squared for transfer

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.252

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR80

This is a desig for the high altar painted in 1614 for the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice. Jacopo Palma il Giovane took over the commission after Domenico Tintoretto failed to produce an altarpiece on time. A Venice cityscape fills the canvas beneath the saints, offering a view of Venice as it looked in 1614. The composition follows the great tradition of Venitian painting characterised by a strong sense of perspective and colour, and well exemplified by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Jacopo's great uncle, Palma il Vecchio.

Physical description

Design for an altar piece; Jesus Christ descending, accompanied by angels, and appearing to Sts. Mark, Peter and Paul; Pen and ink and wash, squared for transfer.

Place of Origin

Venice

Date

Before 1614

Artist/maker

Palma, Jacopo Il Giovane (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, and wash on paper, squared for transfer

Dimensions

Height: 427 mm drawing, with gold border, Width: 270 mm drawing, with gold border, Height: 473 mm sheet with wash-lines on which drawing is pasted, Width: 335 mm sheet with wash-lines on which drawing is pasted

Object history note

William Esdaile (Lugt 2617; sale, Christie's 20 June 1840, lot 440); Rev. A. Dyce, by whom bequeathed in 1869.

Descriptive line

Palma, Jacopo (il giovane); Design for the altarpiece in the Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice, Italy, before 1614

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.
Peter Ward-Jackson, Italian Drawings, vol. I: 14th-16th century, London, 1980, cat. 219, p. 108.

A vision of Christ with St Mark, St John the Evangelist and St Paul in heaven above the town of Venice.
Pen and ink and wash; squarend in black chalk, the divisions numbered in ink along the left and lower margins
419 x 260 mm
Provenance: William Esdaile (Lugt 2617; sale, Christie's 20 June 1840, lot 440); Dyce bequest 1869
Literature: Dyce catalogue, no. 252 (as by Palma); Tietze and Tietze-Conrat, no. 992 and pl. 180,5

As Tietze and Tietze-Conrat first observed, it is a study for the altarpiece, signed and dated 1614, in the Scuola di San Marco at Venice.

Materials

Pen; Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawing; Wash technique; Squaring (transferring technique)

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Drawings; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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