Perino del Vaga

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Perino del Vaga
(Florence 1501–1547 Rome)

Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes

Pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk; cut to a circle
8 3/8 inches (213 mm) diameter

Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910

I, 21
Item description: 

Like Perino's Christ Healing the Lame at the Pool of Bethesda, this drawing is a design for one of a series of six circular plaques that were to be engraved in rock crystal and mounted on a pair of silver candelabra, commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.

This scene depicts one of Christ's miracles, after a sermon on a mountain, when he multiplied a few loaves of bread and two fish that had been brought to him by a young boy to feed five thousand followers.