An Apostle: St. Paul
Siciolante Girolamo, attributed
(Sermoneta 1521 - Rome 1575)
The painting is the pendant of the St. Peter (inv. 37), and clearly stems from the same cultural climate which existed in Rome in the first years of the sixth decade of the 16th century. Here, too, the view from below and the similarity of the figures leads to the conjecture that they are part of the same project, perhaps as shutters for an organ or as models of mosaics.
However, the execution of this apostle – recognized as Paul by the folded sheet of paper, an allusion to his writing of the Letters – is different from the one by Marco Pino, and is attributed to Girolamo Siciolante. Also evident in this case is the contrast between the monumentality of the figure, clearly inspired by Michelangelo, and the sophisticated colours of his clothing.
Medium | oil on canvas 136 x 77.5 cm
Inventory | 46
Room 16 – Flora Room
Period | '500
Classification | painting