Enea Salmeggia, Italian, c.1565/70 -1626
Title: St Bartholomew
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.2018.61
DescriptionSt Bartholomew holds a butcher's knife, his symbol as he was flayed alive in Armenia. He gazes upwards, having being granted a vision of the risen Christ during his martyrdom. This is a grisaille modello for the full-size painting already in the collection (NGI.80), where his features are more defined and moustache and beard added, together with rich colouring . It was acquired with the pendant modello for NGI.78.
ProvenancePrivate collection, Italy; Christie's, London, 3 July 2018, lot 14, bought in; purchased, after sale