Antonio Pirri - inv. 1550

Titolo: 
Saint Sebastian
Numero di Inventario: 
1550
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Saint Sebastian
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Antonio Pirri (documented in 1511)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Emilia-Romagna
Italy
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1500
Datazione specifica: 
1505-1515
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"ANTONII PYRRHI"
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Perugino Room

Saint Sebastian is shown half length and almost frontally. His face is turned to the spectator, while his body is slightly twisted away. Two arrows pierce his body: the left bears the Bolognese artist’s signature, known only through a document dated 1511.
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum has another work by Pirri, The Visitation (inv. 354), where the painter’s signature is definitely authentic, unlike the one on this Saint Sebastian. The bad condition of this panel, the rather crude letters of the inscription and the incorrect passage of the arrow piercing the saint’s right shoulder and re-emerging in a most unlikely spot on his chest negate any certain attribution of this painting. An earlier example of a signature on the arrow can be found in Perugino’s Saint Sebastian (c. 1494–1495), now in the Hermitage in St Petersburg. However, the classic and serene pose of the saint, veiled by shades of melancholy and suffering, seem closer to the style of Lorenzo Costa at the beginning of his Mantua years, in about 1505–1510 and Emilian painting of the early 16th century.

M.M.

AC/DC: 
DC