Saint Christopher

Domenico Campagnolaabout 1520 - 1525

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Domenico Campagnola captured Saint Christopher staggering through the water, dropping the front of his robe as he tries to balance the evident weight of the tiny baby on his back. According to legend, St. Christopher was a giant who devoted himself to carrying the poor and weak across a river. One day, a small child seemed to grow heavier and heavier as Christopher waded through the current. The child finally revealed himself as Christ and told the saint that he had been carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Deftly handling the point of the quill, Campagnola indicated both the lighting and volume of the saint's muscular body simply by varying the length and curve of the same strokes of parallel hatching. Swirling lines indicate the wavy curls of the saint's hair and beard, his sturdy calves, and the loose drapery about his waist.

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  • Title: Saint Christopher
  • Creator: Domenico Campagnola
  • Date: about 1520 - 1525
  • Physical Dimensions: 33.3 x 23 cm (13 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.GA.691
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: At upper right corner, inscribed "1" in brown ink; at upper right corner of mount, inscribed "68" in graphite.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings