- Gaspare Diziani
- the martyrdom of sts felix and fortunatus
- Pen and brown ink and wash, over red chalk
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This is a preliminary study, with some differences, for Diziani's painting in the chapel of SS Felice and Fortunato in the cathedral at Chioggia (fig.1).1 The painting has been dated around 1735. Sts. Felix and Fortunatus were brothers from Vicenza who were martyred at Aquileia in 296 A.D. under Diocletian. Another drawing for the painting, closer in details to the finished composition, is in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (fig. 2).2
This is a totally characteristic and splendid drawing by Diziani, showing his vigorous penwork over equally energetic red chalk underdrawing.
1. See Anna Paolo Zugni-Tauro, Gaspare Diziani, Venice 1971, p. 71, reproduced pl. 29
2. See Per Bjurström, Drawings in Swedish Public Collection, Italian Drawings, Stockholm 1979, no. 178, reproduced