The Saints Mark, St. Anthony Abbot and St. Sebastian
Pieve di Budrio, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Church of St. Gervasius and Protasius
Ubaldo Gandolfi (14th October 1728, San Matteo della Decima (Bo)-24th July 1781, Ravenna)
Oil on canvas
221 x 145 cm
Bolognese Late baroque
Vigorso di Budrio, Bologna
Second half eighteenth-century
The painting was commissioned to Ubaldo for the church of St. Mark in Vigorso di Budrio (Bo). Saint Mark, clad in bright red is shown looking for inspiration for the Gospel, next to him is a lion, the emblem of the saint. In the foreground St. Sebastian is tied to a column, his body pierced by an arrow while an angel is handing him the palm of martyrdom. Nearby is St. Anthony Abbot with his classic attributes; the fire, the bell and the pig. The composition is very simple and clear. The light comes from one direction and symbolises the light of God to which the evangelist points. The painter is inspired by the great Bolognese school, in particular Guercino and Ludovico Carracci, and to the Venetian school.View Short Description
The painting shows St. Mark writing the gospel, St. Sebastian tied to the column and St. Anthony the Abbot.
The step in the lower middle is inscribed “U.G.F. 1773” (Ubaldus Gandulfius fecit 1773).
The painting has been moved from the original church to the present one for safety reasons.
Gandolfi, G. in Gaetano e Ubaldo Gandolfi. Opere scelte (exhibition catalogue) (ed. D. Biagi Maino), Turin, 2002, p. 89.
Biagi Maino, D.Ubaldo Gandolfi, Turin, 1990, p. 261.
Volpe, C. “I Gandolfi”, L'arte del Settecento emiliano. La pittura, l'Accademia Clementina (exhibition catalogue) (eds. A.Emiliani), Bologna, 1979, p. 100.
Roli, R. Pittura bolognese 1650-1800. Dal Cignani ai Gandolfi, Bologna, 1977, p. 265.
Servetti Donati, F. Budrio casa nostra, Budrio (Bo), 1977, p. 250.
Copyright image: Ufficio Beni culturali ecclesiastici della diocesi di Bologna.
Giulia Gandolfi "The Saints Mark, St. Anthony Abbot and St. Sebastian" in "Discover Baroque Art", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://baroqueart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;BAR;it;Mus12_D;35;en
Prepared by: Giulia GandolfiGiulia Gandolfi
AFFILIATION Università degli Studi di Bologna, Università di Pisa
TITLE Art historian
Graduated in History of Art (Università degli studi di Bologna), at present research officer at the campus of Ravenna and studing for a PhD in Pisa University about the relation between art and science in modern age. She collaborates with the Historical Archive of Bologna University, cataloguing the art collection and the portrait gallery of the University. She is a specialist in Bolognese painting of seventeenth and eigthteenth-century.
Translation by: Antonella MampieriAntonella Mampieri
AFFILIATION: Musei Civici d’Arte Antica, Bologna
TITLE: Art Hitorian
Graduated and specialised at the University of Bologna. She is a specialist in Bolognese late Baroque art, namely sculpture. Among other subjects she has been studying nineteenth-century funerary art in the Bologna monumental cemetery, la Certosa.
Translation copyedited by: Lisa Kelman
MWNF Working Number: IT2 38
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