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Maker(s):Muziano, Girolamo
Culture:Italian (1532 - 1592)
Title:St. Roch in a Landscape
Date Made:1570's probably
Materials:pen and brown ink over black chalk on paper
Place Made:Italy; Rome
Measurements:sheet/image: 19 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.; 50.3238 x 36.0363 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1999.1
Credit Line:Purchased with the gift of Carol Weil Rothschild, class of 1933, the Beatrice Oenslager Chace, class of 1928, Fund, the bequest of Marjorie Selig Steiner, class of 1930 and SSW 1937, the Diane Allen Nixon, class of 1957, Fund, gifts from members of the class of 1966, and the gift of Sue Welsh Reed, class of 1958, in memory of Robert Owen Parks, former director of the Smith College Museum of Art
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

dog with ball in lower right corner near man with staff semi-reclining on rocks under a rude shelter built into a rock wall in a landscape with small building in mid-distance

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Ellen Monroe, class of 2015:

This meticulously rendered drawing was not necessarily created in preparation for a larger painting, but may have been made as part of a series of prints of hermit saints. Muziano executed this scene first in chalk, which is erasable, then developed it further in ink—a more permanent medium—demonstrating his technical skill. Set in a bucolic Italian landscape, the scene depicts St. Roch, believed to protect against the plague. The saint himself contracted the plague in the 1300s and retreated to a hut in the woods, where he was miraculously discovered and nursed back to health.

landscapes; vegetation; men; architecture; costume; religion; Christianity

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