Enea Salmeggia, Italian, c.1565/70 -1626
Title: St John the Evangelist
Date: c.1605
Medium: Oil with traces of black chalk, on paper, laid down on modern panel
30.5 x 12.3 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 2018
Object Number: NGI.2018.60
DescriptionSt John the Evangelist holds the palm handed to him by the Virgin, as she lay dying, as reward for his protection of her after the Crucifixion. It also represents the martyr's palm of vicotry, a possible reference to the fictitious story that he survived being thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. This is a grisaille modello for the full-size painting already in the collection (NGI.78), acquired with the pendant modello for NGI.80. It was unusual to make such a finished study at this date. St John's features were subsequently more youthful.
ProvenancePrivate collection, Italy; Christie's, London, 3 July 2018, lot 14, bought in; purchased, after sale