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Design for the decoration of a pendentive
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Design for the decoration of a pendentive

Giovanni Bernardino Azzolino

Formerly attributed to Bernardino Rodriguez (d. 1667)

Medium : material : pen and ink (brown-grey), chalk (red and black), watercolour (grey-brown and red); support : material : paper

Width: 43.5 cm; Height: 28.5 cm (irregularly trimmed);

Inscribed & pen and ink, verso, Berartino Siciliano

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. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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