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The Conversion of Saint Paul

A work made of pen and iron-gall ink, with brush and iron-gall ink wash, heightened with white oil paint, over traces of black chalk, on laid paper prepared with a brown oil wash, laid down on paper.
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  • A work made of pen and iron-gall ink, with brush and iron-gall ink wash, heightened with white oil paint, over traces of black chalk, on laid paper prepared with a brown oil wash, laid down on paper.

Date:

1587/89

Artist:

Lodovico Carracci
Italian, 1555–1619

About this artwork

This large and elaborate study for an altarpiece (illustrated below) in the Church of San Francesco in the Italian city of Bologna rivals the final painting in its ambition. The artist invented a mixed pen-and-oil technique to evoke in his drawings the kind of spectacular contrasts between light and dark characteristic of his paintings.

The drawing’s bold technique and sharply opposing diagonals generate a drama of centrifugal force as Saint Paul, struck by a flash of light, falls from his rearing horse and soldiers rush to his rescue.

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

Lodovico Carracci

Title

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1587–1589

Medium

Pen and iron-gall ink, with brush and iron-gall ink wash, heightened with white oil paint, over traces of black chalk, on laid paper prepared with a brown oil wash, laid down on paper

Dimensions

550 × 335 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.839

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