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Study for the Head of St. Michael

Study for the Head of St. Michael

1633

Pietro da Cortona

(Italian, 1596-1669)

Black chalk

Support: Beige(1) laid paper, perimeter mounted to cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 19 x 16.8 cm (7 1/2 x 6 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 31.9 x 27.6 cm (12 9/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1996.257

Description

Pietro da Cortona drew this angelically beautiful face in a style reminiscent of the work of the Renaissance master, Raphael (1483-1520). Cortona's use of black chalk to develop extremely subtle effects of shading shows the technique at its most refined. He drew this sheet in preparation for a ceiling decoration, Saint Michael and Angels with the Instruments of the Passion, painted in fresco in the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella (better known as the Chiesa Nuova, or "New Church") in Rome, completed in 1633.

See also
Collection: 
DR - Italian
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Black chalk

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