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Overall (oval): 9.1 x 10.3 cm (3 9/16 x 4 1/16 in.)  support: 10.4 x 11.3 cm (4 1/8 x 4 7/16 in.)
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Born in Tuscany, Renaissance master Fra Bartolommeo was inspired by the Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola, who suggested that art should illustrate the bible as a means of teaching the illiterate. Artistically, Bartolommeo was influenced by Piero di Cosimo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, and, later, friend and colleague Raphael. Bartolommeo became known for painting small draped figures, a tendency many considered an artistic weakness compared to the more heroically proportioned forms of his Renaissance contemporaries. He responded by creating a massive rendering of St. Mark often regarded as his masterpiece; hanging in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, the work proved his ability to paint the human body with a more colossal presence, in the style of Michelangelo. Many also credit Bartolommeo as the first to work from the lay figure, the jointed wooden model now widely used by students and professional artists alike.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2018
To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed,J. Paul Getty Museum
2013
RenaissanceChristie's Old Masters

A Monk [verso], ca. 1500

Pen and brown ink with brown wash heightened with white over (black chalk?) on laid paper
3 9/16 × 4 1/16 in
9 × 10.3 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Washington
Overall (oval): 9.1 x 10.3 cm (3 9/16 x 4 1/16 in.)  support: 10.4 x 11.3 cm (4 1/8 x 4 7/16 in.)
Medium
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Born in Tuscany, Renaissance master Fra Bartolommeo was inspired by the Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola, who suggested that art should illustrate the bible as a means of teaching the illiterate. Artistically, Bartolommeo was influenced by Piero di Cosimo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, and, later, friend and colleague Raphael. Bartolommeo became known for painting small draped figures, a tendency many considered an artistic weakness compared to the more heroically proportioned forms of his Renaissance contemporaries. He responded by creating a massive rendering of St. Mark often regarded as his masterpiece; hanging in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, the work proved his ability to paint the human body with a more colossal presence, in the style of Michelangelo. Many also credit Bartolommeo as the first to work from the lay figure, the jointed wooden model now widely used by students and professional artists alike.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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