Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Allegory of the Artist on the Verge of DeathMade in Italy, Europe
Giovanni David, Italian, 1749 - 1790
Pen and black ink with brush and gray, brown, blue, pink, and yellow washes, on cream laid paper, with cream laid framing strips ruled in dark brown ink, mounted down
Currently not on view
1978-62-2Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman (later SmithKline Beecham) Fund for the Ars Medica Collection, 1978
LabelAn obscure painter and printmaker of the late Genoese Baroque, David studied in Rome with Domenico Corvi before returning to Genoa to make his career. This elaborate scene, filled with references to death and mortality, apparently allegorizes the artist's close brush with the Grim Reaper after a severe illness in the early 1780s.