Sep 21, 2010

Sketches of Virgin and Child

Sketches of Virgin and Child


Giulio Campi

(Italian, c. 1500–1572)

Black chalk; framing lines in traces of gold ink

Support: Blue laid paper

Sheet: 20.3 x 13.4 cm (8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.1002


Did you know?

Sixteenth-century artists from the northern provinces of Italy like Giulio Campi often focused on painterly effects such as light and shadow, rather than line, in their drawings.


This sheet of sketches was drawn from imagination in preparation for a painting. Here, the artist explored five different ways to capture the motion of a restless child enfolded in its mother’s embrace. Blue-gray papers like this were made from indigo-dyed rags and typically used for drawings by 16th-century Venetian artists such as Giulio Campi to study the painterly effects of light and shade.

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DR - Italian
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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