Study for St. Sebastian in the high altar of SS. Nazarro e Celso, Brescia, Titian
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Study for St. Sebastian in the high altar of SS. Nazarro e Celso, Brescia
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Reference

Michelangelo: Captif (l'Esclave rebelle) / Der Rebellische Sklave, 1513, Marmor, 209 cm. Inv. Nr. M.R. 1589, Musée du Louvre, Département des Sculptures, Paris

Michelangelo: Etude d'homme nu et trois études pour lutte de Jacob et l'Ange, ca. 1513, Rötel über Spuren vom Metallstift, auf Papier, 327 x 200 mm. Inv. Nr. EBA 197, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Realisation

Tizian: Altobello Averoldi-Polyptychon, 1522, Holz, ca. 336 x 296 cm (fünf Tafeln). SS. Nazaro e Celso, Brescia (Valcanover 1969.105)

Part of the same work process

Tizian: Der Heilige Sebastian und eine Madonna mit Kind (Skizzen zum Altobello Averoldi-Polyptychon), Feder in Braun auf Papier, 162 x 136 mm. Inv. Nr. KdZ 5962, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

Titian

Study for St. Sebastian in the high altar of SS. Nazarro e Celso, Brescia, ca. 1519 – 1520


Blatt
182 x 115 mm
Physical Description
Brown ink, brown washes, highlighted with white, on grey-blue laid paper, distance of chain lines (horizontal) |32|32|34|33|
Inventory Number
5518
Object Number
5518 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Thought to be from the hand of Johann David Passavant at the time of its acquisition, the drawing was not recognized as a work by Titian until the beginning of the twentieth century. Today it is one of the few dated works on paper whose attribution to Titian is not doubted. Like a drawing in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett, it served as a study for the panel of Saint Sebastian (1522) in the Averoldi Polyptych for the high altar of the Church of Santi Nazaro e Celso in Brescia. Titian took inspiration for this study from Michelangelo’s sculpture of the Rebellious Slave, executed in 1513.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Study for St. Sebastian in the high altar of SS. Nazarro e Celso, Brescia
Draughtsman
Contractor, employer
Verso
Study of a head in profile, three feet and a lower leg
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Brown ink, brown washes, highlighted with white, on grey-blue laid paper, distance of chain lines (horizontal) |32|32|34|33|
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet oben links (mit Feder in Braun): nº 24 // pal [pai?]; unten (mit schwarzem Stift): [ausradiert]; verso bezeichnet unten rechts: χοξο [χοεο?; χορό, Akk. sing. von χορός?; alternativ bei um 180° gedrehtem Blatt: 030X]
Verso oben rechts Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Chiara Moretto Wiel 1988.44.13
  • Wethey 1987.146.22
  • Tietze/Tietze-Conrat 1944.317.1915

Property and Acquisition

Institution
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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

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Motifs and References

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Main Motif
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Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11H(SEBASTIAN)62 St. Sebastian, tied to a tree or a pillar, is pierced by arrows
Secondary
  • 48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture
  • 41D271 fluttering lappet of vestment, 'Pneumazipfel'

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Last update

19.01.2022