Saint Jerome in Penitence
38.6 cm x 26.7 cm (15 3/16 in. x 10 1/2 in.)
Attributed to Luca Cambiaso
(Moneglia (Genoa), 1527 - 1585, El Escorial (Madrid))
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
The Mannings proposed that this drawing and a Hercules in the same bizarre, rather unattractive hand were juvenile drawings by Cambiaso. While the attribution has not been seconded, it has great merit. The continuous, rhythmic pen work reflects a naïve understanding of the drawings of Perino del Vaga. And the identical isolated and quavering musculature, the hairpin articulation of the forearm, and the irregular fill of hatching characterize a very early drawing in the Prado that is closely related to Cambiaso’s frescoes in the palace of Antonio Doria and already unmistakable in certain mannerisms.