Vicente Carducho

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Vicente Carducho
Martyrdom of Father Andres
ca. 1632
Black chalk, brown wash, lead white chalk, squared with black chalk on laid paper.
11 1/2 x 10 3/16 inches (293 x 259 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Gertrude W. and Seth Dennis.

Inscribed at upper center in pen and brown ink, "este santo / se hara maior / y mas en medio".
Watermark: bunch of grapes surmounted by a fleur-de-lis (similar to Heawood 2335).

Paul J. Sachs (Lugt 2091); Gertrude and Seth Dennis, New York.

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 327.


Preparatory study for Carducho's painting "Martyrdom of the Venerable Father Don Andres, Prior of the Carthusian Monastery of St. John the Baptist, in Seitz" of ca. 1632, now in the Archiepiscopal Palace, Valadolid, Spain.
Celebrated for his treatise on painting, Carducho was also an accomplished painter and draftsman. This drawing is one of many preparatory sheets for a series of fifty-six paintings that the artist designed for the Charterhouse of El Paular, northwest of Madrid. In the foreground, the prior Father Andrés is tortured by a device called la garrucha; the background reveals his subsequent murder by a mob. Squared for transfer to the oil sketch that preceded the final painting, the drawing bears an inscription by the patron indicating that the suspended figure should be larger and more centered. Carducho incorporated this correction into the finished canvas. --Exhibition Label, from "Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings"

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Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965, former owner.
Dennis, Gertrude W., former owner.
Dennis, Seth, former owner.

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