Description & Technical information

The years that Savinien Petit spent in Italy, between 1845 and 1850, were of fundamental importance to his artistic development. As Pierre Depelchin’s posthumous biography, published soon after the artist’s death, noted, ‘His love of antiquity, his natural taste for religious painting, and, ultimately, his Christian piety, developed and strengthened in him during his five-year stay in Italy. This was the true school in which this pure and profoundly Catholic talent was formed.’

Dated 1849, this striking drawing is a copy of the celebrated marble sculpture of Saint Cecilia by the Roman sculptor Stefano Maderno (c.1576-1636), completed in 1600 for the saint’s tomb in the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.

259 x 400 mm. (10 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.) [tablet]

Date:  1849
Period:  1750-1850, 20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Black chalk, Stumping, On paper, Heightened with touches of gold, Decorated border in watercolour, Laid down on a paper tablet
Signature: Signed SAVINIEN PETIT DELT. in the lower left margin.
Inscribed and dated SAINTE CECILE IN TRASTEVERE. ROME. MARS 1849 (over traces of an earlier inscription in pencil) in the lower right margin.
Further inscribed SAINTE CÉCILE / VIERGE, ET/ MARTYR / ROMAINE. below the image.

Dimensions: 15.3 x 33.3 cm (6 x 13¹/₈ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints