St. John the Evangelist
26 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (67.3 x 49.5 cm)
Innocenzo (called Innocenzo da Imola) Francucci,
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Purchased with funds provided by the Benjamin D. Bernstein Acquisition Fund, Michael L. Duffy ’72, Professor Helen North, Dennis O’Brien, Thomas C. Rosica `52, Joseph Flubacher and J. Roffe Wilke II
Innocenzo Francucci, called Innocenzo da Imola, (after his hometown Imola) moved to Bologna in 1506 to apprentice himself to the much admired artist, Francesco Francia. Around 1509, Innocenzo moved to Florence, where he would have seen Raphael’s works, but returned to Bologna again after eight years and opened his own shop. He received commissions to fresco numerous local churches, a medium that involves painting on wet plaster, and his works show the influence of his study of Raphael. This image is a fragment of a much larger wall fresco, probably from a church in Bologna. The subject of the image from which the fragment is taken cannot be determined, but this piece, showing a youthful, almost effeminate male figure holding a book, must represent St. John the Evangelist.
Art Museum : 15-16 C Gallery