The Penance of Saint John Chrysostom

A work made of engraving, on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving, on paper.

Date:

c. 1510

Artist:

attributed to Giulio Campagnola
Italian, c. 1482-1515/18

About this artwork

This luminous unique impression suggests a more linear version of Campagnola’s dappled, early stipple engraving style, characterized by many small dots in different sizes, volumes, and shades. The composition tells an apocryphal legend of Saint John Chrysostom, in which the saint, living as a hermit, seduces and impregnates the daughter of an emperor. Shocked by his own actions, John throws the princess from a cliff and vows never to rise from the ground in penance for his misdeeds. After the princess and her child are miraculously discovered still alive, John’s sins are forgiven. In Campagnola’s composition, the princess and child are presented in the foreground while John is depicted walking on all fours in the background. The female nude is reminiscent of Campagnola’s Woman Reclining in a Landscape.

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Artist

Giulio Campagnola

Title

The Penance of Saint John Chrysostom

Origin

Italy

Date

1505–1515

Medium

Engraving, on paper

Dimensions

143 x 115 mm (plate); 149 x 116 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1950.159

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