The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (Salviati)

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The Incredulity of St. Thomas
Francesco salviati, incredulità di san tommaso, 1543-47 ca. 01.JPG
Dimensions275 cm (108 in) × 234 cm (92 in)
IdentifiersJoconde ID: 000PE027030

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas is a 1543–1547 painting by Francesco Salviati.[1] It was commissioned for the église Notre-Dame-de-Confort in Lyon by Thomas II de Gadagne (also known as Tomaso Guadagni), a Florentine counselor to Francis I of France. It is now held in the Louvre Museum and measures 275 cm by 234 cm. It is signed FRANCESCO SALVIATO FLO. OPUS (S.B.D.) and the apostle shown in three-quarter-profile is a self-portrait of Salviati.[2]

Its choice of subject reflects an anti-Medici political viewpoint shared by commissioner and artist.[3][4] The work proved popular from its arrival in Lyon onwards and was copied by several artists in several media, including an engraving by Master CC.[5] Even after art history began to neglect art produced in and for Lyon, the painting was one of few such works still to be mentioned - for example, it appears in Giorgio Vasari's Lives.[6]


  1. ^ (Elsig 2014, p. 22)
  2. ^ Notice du Louvre
  3. ^ (Virassamynaïken 2015, p. 208)
  4. ^ « Arte civica a Firenze, dal primo popolo all'umanesimo: la tradizione, i modelli perduti », in Expo. Florence, 2013, p. 18-33
  5. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France, Est. Ed 4b rés. fol.
  6. ^ (Elsig 2014, p. 10)


  • Frédéric Elsig, Peindre à Lyon au seizième siècle, Milan, Silvana Editoriale, coll. « biblioteca d'arte » (no 44), 2014, 192 p. (ISBN 8836627684, notice BnF no FRBNF43834242) — Ouvrage issu d'un colloque international tenu à Genève les 26 et 27 octobre 2012 organisé par le Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, l'Université de Genève et Uni Bastions.
  • Ludmila Virassamynaïken (ed.), Lyon Renaissance : Arts et Humanisme, Lyon, Musée des Beaux-arts - Somogy Editions d'art, 2015, 359 p., est complété avec un site internet contenant les notices d’œuvres (ISBN 978-2-7572-0991-2)
  • Catherine Monbeig Goguel, Francesco Salviati (1510-1563) : ou la Bella Maniera, Paris - Milan, Réunion des musées nationaux - Electra, 1998 (ISBN 2-7118-3513-8)

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