ID number: BIRBI-88.1
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Cesari, Giuseppe (1568-1640)
Title / Object name: St Lawrence among the poor and sick
Object type: Painting
Date made: about 1588/9
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 61.5 x 73.5 cm
Provenance: E. V. Thaw and Co, New York; Dr. E. Schapiro, London; D. A. Hoogendijk, Amsterdam; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1988
This is an oil sketch for one of two large frescoes depicting scenes from the life of St Lawrence (died 258 AD) in the church of San Lorenzo in Damaso, Rome. The frescoes were commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and executed 1588-9; they were destroyed in the 19th century. The composition, which refers to Raphael's School of Athens, shows several scenes from the saint's ministry as a young deacon. He stands blessing to the right while opposite his judges appear, demanding the Church's treasure. The artist, a papal knight, worked in an elegant late Mannerist style.
Notes: Exhibited: 'Between Renaissance and Baroque', Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, 1965, cat. no. 15; 'Giuseppe Cesari, il Cavaliere d'Arpino', Palazzo Venezia, Rome, 1973, cat. no. 1; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 'The Age of Caravaggio', 1985 (no. 32); Palazzo Venezia, Rome, ' Giuseppe Cesari, II Cavalier d'Arpino', 1973 (no. 1); Manchester City Art Gallery, 'Between Renaissance and Baroque', 1965 (no.15).