The Deaths of the Blessed Ugoccione and Sostegno (recto); A Study of the Farnese Hercules (verso)

Bernardino Poccetti (Barbatelli)about 1604 - 1612

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

While two angels flutter overhead, ready to guide their souls into heaven, the bodies of the blessed monks Ugoccione and Sostegno lie in state surrounded by other brethren of the Servite Order. To give the scene a sense of greater depth, Bernardino Poccetti used a rather broad and deep spatial arrangement. The arched ceiling draws the viewer's eye into the setting, while contrasting patches of dark shadow and light keep it moving. A monastery commissioned Poccetti to produce a series of fourteen frescoes with scenes from the lives of the monastery's founders, and he made this elaborate study for one of them.

On the verso of the sheet, another artist, possibly Giovanni Navarretti, sketched a study of the Farnese Hercules.

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  • Title: The Deaths of the Blessed Ugoccione and Sostegno (recto); A Study of the Farnese Hercules (verso)
  • Creator: Bernardino Poccetti (Barbatelli)
  • Date: about 1604 - 1612
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.6 x 41.8 cm (10 7/8 x 16 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk, brush and brown ink and brown wash heightened with white gouache, squared in red chalk (recto); Pen and brown ink (verso)
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.GG.223
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: (Recto) at top left and bottom center, inscribed "Poccetti" in brown ink by a later hand; (verso) inscribed "Di Gio Navarretti" (the Tuscan sixteenth-century painter?) in brown ink; "Bernardino Pocce" in black chalk.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings