Design for a Spandrel: A Roman Martyr and Two Putti–Saint Jude the Apostle

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white gouache, on blue laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white gouache, on blue laid paper.

Date:

1573/75

Artist:

Livio Agresti
Italian, 1508–1579

About this artwork

Louise Bross identified the figure as Saint Jude the Apostle and the sheet as possibly an early idea for the placement of soldier-martyrs in the spandrels of the Chapel of the Trinity at Santo Spirito in Sassia. The dramatic contrasts of the brown ink, blue paper, and white highlights further animate the figure’s illusionistic pose.

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Artist

Livio Agresti

Title

Design for a Spandrel: A Roman Martyr and Two Putti–Saint Jude the Apostle

Origin

Italy

Date

1573–1575

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white gouache, on blue laid paper

Dimensions

238 x 270 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Gift of John A. Bross in memory of Louise Smith Bross

Reference Number

2014.1141

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