The Conversion of St. Paul

around 1527/28, Artist: Francesco Mazzola gen. Parmigianino



The Conversion of St. Paul

As the Gospels report, Saul, on the road to Damascus where he was meant to persecute Christians, was suddenly bathed in heavenly light. Dazzled, he fell to the ground. Saul turned back, was baptised and as Paul became a passionate advocate of the new faith. Parmigianino interprets the miracle of divine inspiration as a highly dramatic event which in its ecstasy equally affects both man and animal.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 3

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Emilian


around 1527/28


Francesco Mazzola gen. Parmigianino (1503 Parma - 1540 Casalmaggiore) - GND




177,5 x 128,5 cm
Framed: 206,3 cm x 159,4 cm x 8,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 2035


Pompeo Leoni's last will and testament from 1609; documented in the gallery around 1890;

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