Paolo Farinati

Elijah and the Chariot of Fire

About this artwork

This drawing shows the Old Testament prophet Elijah being borne aloft to heaven on a miraculous chariot of fire. The Biblical account makes no mention of the charioteer that accompanies Elijah here. Farinati made this drawing in preparation for a large fresco that he had been commissioned to paint in the Marogna family chapel in the church of San Paolo in Campo Marzio, Verona. The dramatic swoop of the chariot and horses and the billowing clouds demonstrate Farinati at his theatrical best. Apart from a few minor alterations, this drawing is very close to the final fresco. He even indicated the real architecture of the chapel projecting into the picture field at either side. The handling of this drawing is unusually loose compared to other compositional designs by Farinati.

  • title:
    Elijah and the Chariot of Fire
  • accession number:
    RSA 154
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  • materials:
    Pen, ink and wash over black chalk, heightened with white on paper, laid down
  • date created:
    about 1565
  • measurements:
    41.60 x 26.30 cm
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy on loan 1966
  • copyright:
    Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture collections, David Laing Bequest (on loan to the Scottish National Gallery)

Paolo Farinati

Paolo Farinati