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The Conversion of Saint Paul

A work made of pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, with splatters of gray, green and pink paint over black chalk, squared in black chalk, on cream laid paper, with framing lines in pen and brown ink, laid down on secondary paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, with splatters of gray, green and pink paint over black chalk, squared in black chalk, on cream laid paper, with framing lines in pen and brown ink, laid down on secondary paper.

Date:

1554

Artist:

Giorgio Vasari
Italian, 1511–1574

About this artwork

This lively sketch is a preparatory drawing for one of three 1555 frescoes that Vasari painted for a church ceiling vault in the central Italian town of Cortona. The artist’s line, rapidly applied in pen and ink, belies the careful thought given to the composition, in which Vasari makes utmost use of the scene’s horizontal format.

The paint stains on the drawing’s right side indicate that this was a working drawing used in the painting process.

Status

On loan to The Morgan Library and Museum for Pure Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Giorgio Vasari

Title

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Origin

Italy

Date

1554

Medium

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, with splatters of gray, green and pink paint over black chalk, squared in black chalk, on cream laid paper, with framing lines in pen and brown ink, laid down on secondary paper

Inscriptions

None

Dimensions

182 × 267 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.872

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