Paolo Farinati

St. John the Evangelist

1567
Bartsch and Albricci 3: i/ii From a family of painters originating in Verona, Farinati practiced primarily as a draughtsman and painter. His earliest documented work, "St. Martin and the Beggar" (1552), was commissioned by Cardinal Ercole Gonzago for Mantua Cathedral and he remained successfully and steadily employed carrying out commissions for churches in Verona until shortly before his death. The animated volumes of St. John's robes in this etching and the elegant line of the arm holding the pen can be linked stylistically to the late Renaissance style of Veronese and his followers and is based on one of Farinati's beautiful drawings, highly finished in wash, pen and ink and white highlight. Here St. John is writing in a book, accompanied by his animal attribute, the eagle, symbolizing the soaring heights of his prose. Such an image is often part of a series with the other three evangelists, Mark, Matthew and Luke.
Title
St. John the Evangelist
Date
1567
Medium
Print
Materials
etching on ivory laid paper
Dimensions
28.3 x 19.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Gift of Philip R.L. Somerville, Toronto, 2010
Accession number
43268