SOGLIANI, Giovanni Antonio
(b. 1492, Firenze, d. 1544, Firenze)

Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

Drawing, black chalk and white on prepared paper, 217 x 335 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Sogliani received a commission for a fresco in the large refectory of San Marco in Florence. According to Vasari, Sogliani produced a design of his own accord of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes to which the friars objected. Sogliani had neither the will nor the prestige to fight them and gave in, finally producing a more pedantic and restrained subject, entitled St Dominic and his Friars Fed by Angels.