The Madonna Appearing to St. Philip Neri

Sebastiano Conca1740

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields


  • Title: The Madonna Appearing to St. Philip Neri
  • Date Created: 1740
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: James E. Roberts Fund
  • External Link: http://www.imamuseum.org/mercury/load-artwork/12806
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • wall label: This lively, loosely painted sketch is a preliminary study for a large altarpiece in the Pilo e Calvello Chapel, Sant_Ignazio Martire all_Olivella (formerly San Filippo Neri), Palermo, commissioned from Conca at the height of his fame in 1739-40. In these years, Conca led a large and busy workshop in Rome and served as the director of the Roman academy. Unwilling to relocate to complete such commissions, Conca would have sent small preliminary sketches like this to his patron in Sicily for approval before undertaking the final full-scale altarpiece. Two additional painted sketches and one drawing related to the altarpiece also survive, with slight variations between them that indicate Conca_s exacting approach to composition.
  • measurements: 16 x 10 3/8 in.
  • Artist: Conca, Sebastiano