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Eucharistic Angel holding a Loaf of Bread
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
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Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

Córdoba (Spain), 1616 - Córdoba (Spain), 1668

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Eucharistic Angel holding a Loaf of Bread

Ca. 1645. Red chalk on yellow laid paper.
Not on display

The child angel is depicted on foot, facing forwards and nude. He holds the bread upright with his right hand and supports it with his left.

A copy of lesser quality is held in the museum of Córdoba. Priscilla Muller, who was only familiar with two of the four originals in the Prado, assumed that they were drawings executed for metalsmiths, needle-worked to be transferred to the metal plate. This interpretation may be challenged by the hint of colour suffusing this drawing. Instead, it suggests that it is a drawing for embroidery of shaded silks, as in the abundant series in El Escorial, all traced in the same way to transfer the drawing to fabric. The eucharistic intention of the series seems clear, as Muller assumed. The date she proposes, around 1630 or 1640, could possibly be pushed back a little, to bring it closer to his more mature works.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, p.77

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Inventory number
D000103
Author
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Title
Eucharistic Angel holding a Loaf of Bread
Date
Ca. 1645
Technique
Red chalk
Support
Yellow laid paper
Dimension
Height: 200 mm; Width: 132 mm
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Muller, Priscilla E., The drawings of Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra, University Microfilms, Ann Arbor (Michigan), 1964, pp. 255.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 77.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 2566.

Inscriptions +

Este pan a de ser / de Color ceniça [Inscripción autógrafa]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front

Exhibitions +

Antonio del Castillo. Dibujos
Santander
17.04.2008 - 15.06.2008

Update date: 20-08-2022 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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