Description The aging, enthroned pope turns toward the viewer while making the sign of blessing with his right hand. Pius V (1566-1572) belonged to the Ghislieri family, and on the top of the back of the throne is his family's coat of arms crowned by the papal tiara and the keys of St. Peter, a symbol of the papacy's descent from Christ's apostle. The identifying inscription below is a later addition. Passerotti worked in the mannerist style, which is characterized by strikingly elongated proportions. The pope's bony appearance reveals both his age and the artist's knowledge of human anatomy. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 258, pp. 382-383.
|12/01/1944||Treatment||coated; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray|
|3/10/1981||Examination||examined for condition|
|1/25/2008||Examination||examined for exhibition|
|10/01/2008||Examination||chemical analysis; examined for condition|
|10/01/2008||Treatment||chemical analysis; coated; examined for condition; inpainted; lined; re-framed; tears repaired|
- From Raphael to the Carracci: the Art of Papal Rome. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. 2009.
Provenance Hercolani Collection, Bologna, prior to 1780 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, prior to 1881 [mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 193; 1897 catalogue: no. 206]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Inscribed on the bottom: PIUS V. GHISLERIUS. P[ONTIFEX]. M[AXIMUS]. CRE[ATUS]: ID[IBUS]: FEB[RUARIIS]: MDLXVI.OB[IIT]. K[ALENDIIS]. MAII[S] MDLXXII VIX[IT]: AN[NOS]: LXVII.M[ENSES]. III. D[IES]. XIV.; [Translation] The Supreme Pontiff Pius V Ghislieri, created on February 13, 1566, died on May 1, 1572, lived 67 years, three months, fourteen days.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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