Design for the decoration of a pendentive
Giovanni Bernardino Azzolino (1572 - 1645)
Formerly attributed to Bernardino Rodriguez (d. 1667)
Width: 43.5 cm; Height: 28.5 cm (irregularly trimmed);
Inscription, St Gregory the Great. / Pendentive for / 4 Doctors of the Church / ? Naples //
Inscription, D 25711
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Fund; purchase; 1963 (January)
About this work
Saint Gregory the Great, one of the so-called four Church fathers, is known for his erudite writings and is shown here holding a pen and a book. The dove whispering into his ear refers to divine inspiration. This drawing’s unusual shape suggests that it is a design for a pendentive, a triangular architectural element situated between two arches. This would have formed part of a series of four pendentives, the others showing the other three Church fathers Saints Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome.
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