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Cardinal Borromeo Kneeling before an Altar

This drawing and an engraving in the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection (Eskenazi Museum of Art 59.68) were based on a design by Guercino. The subject's popularity suggests public devotion to Saint Charles Borromeo, the most important "plague saint" of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. During the 1576 epidemic in Milan, Saint Charles selflessly ministered to the infected in the quarantine camps outside the city. He is often depicted praying for divine intervention on behalf of the sick.

Giovanni Battista Pasqualini
Italian, 1585–1631
after Guercino
Italian, 1591–1666
Cardinal Borromeo Kneeling before an Altar
ca. 1619–30
Red chalk, brown ink, and brown ink wash on paper
Image/sheet: 9 1/8 x 6 1/16 in. (23.2 x 15.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 59.82