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Creator Name: Sodoma
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1477 - 1549
Creator Birth Place: Vercelli
Creator Death Place: Siena
Creator Name-CRT: Sodoma
Title: The Unrepentant Thief
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1525
Creation End Date: 1535
Creation Date: c. 1530
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: black chalk
Dimensions: Sheet: 14cm x 8.7cm, Secondary Support: 14.8cm x 9.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.108
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Provenance: [Trinity Fine Art Ltd, London]
Context: Two thieves were crucified with Christ on Mount Golgotha. One, recognizing Christ's innocence, re-pented his sins, while the other reviled him. In paintings of the crucifixion, this unrepentant thief is depicted at Christ's left. The angle of the cross in this drawing indicates that it is the unrepentant thief who here struggles against the binding ropes. Sodoma was born and trained in Lombardy, but spent most of his life in Siena, where he dominated Sienese painting during the first half of the 16th century. Known for his emotionally charged paintings as well as for his eccentric lifestyle, Sodoma's individuality is evident in his drawings. Here, in the first drawing by this important Renaissance artist to enter the museum's collection, the scratchy and trailing lines of the figure, with its various pentimenti (changes) create the active tension and nervous movement that both enliven the form and suggest the pain of the suffering thief.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.108
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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