St. Quentin (Pontormo)

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St. Quentin
Jacopo Pontormo 043.jpg
Artist Jacopo Pontormo
Year 1517
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 150 cm × 100 cm (59 in × 39 in)
Location Pinacoteca Comunale, Sansepolcro

St. Quentin is a painting attributed to the Italian Renaissance master Jacopo Pontormo. According to Giorgio Vasari's Vite, one of Pontormo's pupils, Gianmaria Pichi, was commissioned by his hometown of Sansepolcro a processional standard with the figure of St. Quentin; Pontormo decided to collaborate on the work, at the extent that he finished to complete most of it. The saint's posture resembles that of the Dying Slave by Michelangelo: the fact that Pontormo was friend of the latter, confirms the attribution.

The position of the nails in St. Quentin's body is directly inspired to Jacopo da Varagine's Legenda Aurea.

Sources[edit]

  • D’Adda, R. (2004). Pontormo. Milan: Rizzoli/Skira. pp. 98–99.