Baldassare Franceschini, Il Volterrano (Volterra 1611-1690 Florence)
Baldassare Franceschini, Il Volterrano (Volterra 1611-1690 Florence)
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Baldassare Franceschini, Il Volterrano (Volterra 1611-1690 Florence)

Studies of hands, feet and a head (recto); Study of a bearded man and a hand (verso)

Details
Baldassare Franceschini, Il Volterrano (Volterra 1611-1690 Florence)
Studies of hands, feet and a head (recto); Study of a bearded man and a hand (verso)
black (recto) and red chalk (recto and verso), watermark eagle in a circle surmounted by a crown
9 ¾ x 14 5/8 in. (24.6 x 37.1 cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, 3 July 1980, lot 38b (An Important Group of Drawings by Baldassare Franceschini, called Voletrrano, catalogue by Charles McCorquodale).

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Lot Essay

This is a typical example of a study sheet by Volterrano in which several anatomical studies are arranged in juxtaposition on the same sheet, often including drapery or a section of an entire composition. This drawing can be compared to another showing the same foot (Sotheby’s, London, 3 July 1980, lot 38a). There are many altarpieces by the artist which depict a bare-footed saint in the foreground. The present sheet may be a preparatory study for the repoussoir figure on the left side of his Assumption of the Virgin (Firenze, Collection Giovanni Pratesi; see M. Gregori, et al., Volterrano. Baldassare Franceschini (1611-1690), Florence, 2013, no. 95c).

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