Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony of Padua, Prosdocimo, Daniele, and Giustina
14.6 cm x 27.8 cm (5 3/4 in. x 10 15/16 in.)
(Venice, Italy, 1500 – 1564, Padua, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink on cream antique laid paper, discolored to beige, backed
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Trained by his adoptive father, profoundly influenced by Giorgione and the early works of Titian, Campagnola was briefly the leading graphic artist in Ven-ice before taking up permanent residence in Padua (1523) and becoming its prin-cipal painter. His drawings depend closely upon Titian’s and are regularly con-fused with them and those of numerous followers and imitators. This drawing owes to Titian’s types, dynamism, and pen work of the early 1510s. Distinctive, and immature, are the adherence to a conservative Venetian format for the sacra conversazione, the odd spatial relationships, and the overcharacterization of types. It must be one of the precocious efforts that helped establish Campagnola’s fame.