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
- Italy (Artist's nationality)
- 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."
- Overall: 36.7 × 25 cm (14 1/2 × 9 7/8 in.); Individual miniatures; Matthew: 7.8 × 7.5 cm (3 1/8 × 3 in.); Mark: 7.7 × 7.5 cm (3 1/16 × 3 in.); Luke: 7.8 × 7.8 cm (3 1/8 × 3 1/8 in.); John: 7.8 × 7.7 cm (3 1/8 × 3 1/16 in.); Border: 34.3 × 24.5 cm (13 9/16 × 9 11/16 in.)
- Bequest of Katherine R. Loewenthal