Baptism of a Warrior by a Bishop Saint (recto); Young Woman's Head (verso)Artist(s)GermanObject Creation Date17th centuryMedium & Supportpen and brown ink with gray wash and black chalk on cream paperDimensions
15 13/16 in. x 12 7/16 in. ( 40.2 cm x 31.6 cm )Credit LineGift through the Estate of Edward SonnenscheinSubject matter
This drawing depicts a fresco executed by Giovanni Battista Pozzo (c. 1563-1591) for the Peretti Chapel, Santa Susanna, Rome. The scene is the conversion of St. Genesius, a third-century actor who was about to perform a play ridiculing the rite of baptism. He saw a vision during his performance of angels holding a book with his sins and Genesius converted on the spot.
It has been suggested by Szilvia Bodnár that this drawing, and another drawing showing this composition in the collection of the Albertina, predate the final fresco, which is in a horizontal format while the two drawings are portrait format.Primary Object ClassificationDrawingCollection AreaWesternRights
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