Study for the Martyrdom of St. Andrew, or The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
Histories (visual works); Religious art
Place of Origin:
No date (17th century)
1 drawing ; 15 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (39 x 27.1 cm)
Red chalk on gray paper mounted on cardboard; squared for transfer
Gift of the Estate of Lola Szladits
The representation of the main figure, a bearded man, arranged as if he crucified, along with some of the other figures, suggests the drawing is a study for Courtois's "Martyrdom of St. Andrew" at Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, depicting the saint crucified on an X. However, a figure uses knives to cut into the legs of the bearded man, suggesting this drawing could depict the martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, although under this title it is related to an untraced painting, despite the transfer marks on the drawing. The Delany sale in 1872 lists both a drawing of "The Martyrdom of St. Andrew" by Domenico Zampieri (Domenichino), lot 162 (later reattributed to Courtois), but there is also a listing for a drawing of "The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew" by an unknown artist in red chalk on gray paper, part of lot 7.