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Title Saint John in a Mountain Landscape
Collection The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire (Usher Gallery, Lincoln)
Artist Attributed to Domenichino (Italian painter and draftsman, 1581-1641)
Previously attributed to Tassi, Agostino (Italian painter, ca. 1579-1644)
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest 1641
Description This small landscape is attributed to Domenichino, one of the most important artists working in early seventeenth-century Rome. The small figure of Saint John the Evangelist can be seen sitting beneath a tree. He appears to be in meditation for he holds a stick, entwined by a snake, a symbol representative of Christ on the Cross. Domenichino is best known for his frescoes, although his easel paintings were important in translating the influence of Annibale Carracci to Poussin and Claude.
Current Accession Number LCNUG:1927.1529
Subject animal (sheep, snake); townscape; figure (St John the Evangelist); landscape; religion; everyday life
Measurements 50.0 x 32 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Edwin Hitchon 1946.
Provenance Possibly Saltmarsh sale, 1862, bought by John [... ;] of Skipton in Craven; possibly Miss Sharpe.
Publications Wright, C.,Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 244.

Labels on stretcher: 'Bought at the Saltmarsh Sale by John [...;] of Skipton in Craven, sold at the sale October, 1862'; 'Miss Sharpe'.

The attribution to Domenichino was questioned by Michael Tollemache (correspondence, 1971). He suggested that the painting might be the work of Agostino Tassi.

Rights Owner The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire
Author Dr Angela Smith



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