Giorgio Vasari (1511-74)
'St Peter and St John Blessing the People of Samaria'
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 259
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Best known as the author of The Lives of the Artists, Vasari was also a leading painter of the later Renaissance in Florence. This is his design for a painting depicting a scene from the Acts of the Apostles (now in Berlin). The crowded composition shows Christ's apostles blessing the people of Samaria in the presence of the Holy Spirit. It has the collector's mark of Count Gelozzi of Turin, 18th century.