Saint Matthew the Evangelist

Saint Matthew the Evangelist


Saint Matthew the Evangelist – design for the choir of the Duomo in Florence on whose (re)decoration the artist worked in the 1550s,
inscribed with a ‘C’, lower left,
pen, brown ink with brown wash
13 ¾ x 8 ¼ in. (35.1 x 20.6 cm.)
Previously, this drawing was shown to Dr. Roger Ward who confirmed the attribution

Baccio Bandinelli 1496-1560, Drawings from British Collections, cat. expo. Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 1988, p. 78

Giovanni Bandini (1540-1599) became an apprentice to the Florentine sculptor, Baccio Bandinelli, circa 1555 and his talents were recognised rapidly, with his admission, a few years later, as a member of the newly-established Accademia deli Disegno and with a commission to produce, first, sculptured figures for Michelangelo’s catafalque and, afterwards, the figure of Architecture for his tomb in Santa Croce.

Bandini worked with Bandinelli on the restoration of the Duomo and, after the latter’s death in 1560, completed the choir screen composed of bas reliefs, on which Bandinelli began work in 1547. Bandini concentrated on the western side of the screen, bringing his task there to an end in 1572. He received further commissions for the Duomo, including the head of Cosimo de Medici and the column sculptures of St James the Lesser and of St. Philip. His long association with work in the cathedral led to his nickname, Giovanni dell’Opera. Other sculpture by Bandini can be found in the gardens and palaces of Florence whilst the Metropolitan Museum in New York, holds some of his drawings within its collection.