Sep 15, 2010
Feb 7, 2012

The Funeral of Saint Stephen

The Funeral of Saint Stephen

c. 1460

Filippo Lippi

(Italian, c. 1406-1469)

Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash with traces of stylus over traces of black chalk

Support: Beige(1) laid paper, lined with cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 24.9 x 19.3 cm (9 13/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 24.9 x 19.3 cm (9 13/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1947.70



Few drawings exist from the mid-1400s in Italy, and most that have are figure and drapery studies from artist's model books. So this sheet is extremely important as one of the few known compositional studies by a major artist from this period. Stylistic comparison to other drawings by Lippi and the fact that it relates to a fresco painting by him of the same subject confirms its authenticity.

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