This drawing is the modello for a well-known painting by
Pordenone, now lost, that must have impressed critics and artists alike
through the virtuosity of its radically foreshortened figures and its
splendid sense of movement and energy. It spawned several copies,
Pordenone repeated sections of it for Venetian collectors, and
Tintoretto used it as inspiration for a painting of the same subject
(National Gallery of Art, Washington).

Pordenone's composition adapted elements from a tapestry cartoon of the
same subject by Raphael, which was displayed in the house of Cardinal
Domenico Grimani in Venice.


  • Title: Conversion of St. Paul
  • Creator: Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis (Il Pordenone)
  • Creator Lifespan: ca. 1483 - 1539
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Ferrara
  • Creator Birth Place: Pordenone
  • Date Created: Early 1530s
  • Physical Dimensions: w410 x h272 mm
  • Credit Line: Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: http://www.themorgan.org/drawings/item/142511
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over traces of black chalk, on blue paper faded to green gray

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps