About this artwork
His contemporaries boasted that the illuminator Giorgio Giulio Clovio could paint the entire ’ Sistine Ceiling on a single page. This Michelangelesque miniature is actually a collage, and the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XIII suggests that it belonged to a manuscript housed in the Sistine Chapel. When Napoleon’s troops raided Rome in the late 18th century, sixty manuscripts were stolen from the pontifical chapel; many of these are known to have been cut up and reassembled.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Giorgio Giulio Clovio
- The Four Evangelists, within a Border of Flowers, Birds, and Insects
- Tempera and gold paint on vellum, in paper montage with pen and brown ink and touches of watercolor
- Inscribed verso on mount, in graphite: "Done for Pope Gregory the XIIIth / (Buoncampagna) / by / Don Giulio Clovio about 1572 or 1573 / called by Zani the Roscius by / others the Raffaelle of Miniature / see Zani (Roscoe) Vol. III. P. 81 ff. & IV. 2A / Clovio was the pupil of Girolamo de Libro & Giulio Romano. / Gregory was created 1572 and died 1583 / Clovio was born 1498 and died 1578. / aged 80. This is a companion to Nos. 87 & 89 / which wee done for a volume mentioned / by Baglione in his life of Clovio / 1642 as then preserved in teh Sacristy / of the Pontifical Chapel. / See also Bottari."
- 367 × 250 mm (overall); individual miniatures: 78 × 75 mm (Matthew ); 77 × 75 mm (Mark); 78 × 78 mm (Luke); 78 × 77 mm (John); 343 × 245 mm (border)
- Bequest of Katherine R. Loewenthal