Martyrdom of the Roman Officers John and Paul, Guercino, c. 1627 - c. 1632

Martyrdom of the Roman Officers John and Paul, Guercino, c. 1627 - c. 1632

pen, h 210mm × w 302mm More details

The degree of detail in this drawing indicates that Guercino had a very vivid idea of the beheading of John and Paul. The sheet was probably one of the first – and by far the most lugubrious – of many studies in preparation for an altarpiece, which is now in Toulouse. Guercino ultimately arrived at a more modest and l ess bloody composition for the altarpiece.

On display in room 2.21

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