About 1548–50
Andrea Meldolla, called Schiavone (Italian, about 1510–1563)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 38 [ii/ii]; Richardson 38


Sheet: 22.3 x 11.7 cm (8 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.) Platemark: 22.2 x 11.5 cm (8 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching with drypoint and engraving

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



The 16th-century Ventian Schivone was among the most inventive, experimental, and expressive artists working in the medium. This image of Saint Simon belongs to a rare complete set of Christ and the Twelve Apostles in which each figure strikes a graceful, twisting, theatrical pose. Schiavone establishes a degree of tension by combining highly activated contours with a quiet, contemplative mood in the gestures and facial expressions, perhaps suggesting the active life of the mind and the soul. In contrast to the crisp clarity that was the standard of excellence in his own time, Schiavone’s unbridled approach to line and tone would only be fully appreciated by later generations of artists, such as Rembrandt. To view the complete set, see MFA accession numbers 2007.601.1-13


William Cavendish, second Duke of Devonshire (1665-1729, Chatsworth, cf. Lugt 718); by descent to Andrew Cavendish, the eleventh Duke (1920-2004, Chatsworth); sold on behalf of the Chatsworth Settlement, London, Christie's, 5 December 1985, part of lot 87; to William Schab Gallery (New York); to Gertrude Weber (Charlottesville, VA); from whom purchased by MFA 19 September 2007

Credit Line

Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard