(b. ca. 1486, Castel Monaperto, d. 1551, Siena)

St Paul

c. 1515
Oil on wood, 190 x 150 cm
Museo dell'Opera della Metropolitana, Siena

Often regarded as a 'Tuscan Mannerist,' Beccafumi introduces brittle colours including strident greens and sour yellows into his highly original figural vocabulary. In a painting celebrating St Paul, identified by his sword, Beccafumi unveils his highly linear approach. He seems to have rejected most of the lessons of Michelangelo, and Raphael for that matter, in favour of a completely personal and frequently eccentric interpretation.