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Female Figure kneeling on Clouds
Ruiz de la Iglesia, Francisco Ignacio
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Ruiz de la Iglesia, Francisco Ignacio

Madrid, 1649 - Madrid, 1703

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Female Figure kneeling on Clouds

1685 - 1690. White lead, Black chalk on laid paper.
Not on display

This drawing depicts a female figure in profile, kneeling on a cloud with both arms extended at shoulder height and with her head raised. Details including the dress typical of the period, which leaves the right shoulder uncovered, the type of hairstyle (gathered at the nape of the neck), and the clearly visible earring, leave no doubt that this work was drawn from life. The subject was probably the painter’s own daughter, María Ignacia Teresa, who was born in February 1677. The similarities with the figure of Maximilla – who heads the group of women in The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew (Casarrubios in Toledo) – is evident in details of the dress, the earrings and the positioning of the arms. From her attitude, imploring or in ecstasy, it could be deduced that this is a study for a saint or angelic figure in a more complex composition. Regarding the technique, the speed and confidence with which the artist traces the figures and the attention given to the line – in detriment to the more painterly effects that characterise Carreño’s drawings or those of Claudio Coello – are particularly noteworthy. The characteristic shading based on parallel strokes, converted in this work into long and rapid zigzags, and even the use of black pencil with touches of chalk on coloured paper, typical of the painter’s oeuvre, appear to support his authorship. Some examples, including the preparatory studies for the painting in Casarrubios, suggest that in his final years the painter preferred the more Italianate combination of sanguine and black pencil to black pencil on its own. For this reason, this drawing could be placed at a not very late date of around 1685–90.

Zapata Fernández de la Hoz, Teresa, Francisco Ignacio Ruiz de la Iglesia (1649-1703) en el Museo del Prado: revisión y nuevas atribuciones. Boletín del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, 2013, p.82-95 [90 f.18]

Technical data

Inventory number
D000113
Author
Ruiz de la Iglesia, Francisco Ignacio
Title
Female Figure kneeling on Clouds
Date
1685 - 1690
Technique
White lead; Black chalk
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 369 mm; Width: 267 mm
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, F. J., Dibujos Españoles (T.V). Siglo XVII, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 404.

Vey, Horst, German and Spanish Art To 1900, Franklin Watts: Inc., Nueva York, 1965, pp. 270.

Stubbe, W., Spanische Zeichnungen Von el Greco Bis Goya, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburgo, 1966, pp. nº 97 / lám. 67.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 85.

Sullivan, Edward J., Baroque Painting in Madrid. The Contribution of Claudio Coello With a Catalogue Raisonne., Univ. of Missouri Press, Columbia, 1986, pp. 239, nº D51.

Sullivan, Edward J., Claudio Coello y la pintura barroca madrileña, Nerea, Madrid, 1989, pp. 274, nº D51.

Zapata Fernández de la Hoz, Teresa, Francisco Ignacio Ruiz de la Iglesia (1649-1703) en el Museo del Prado: revisión y nuevas atribuciones, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXXI, 2013, pp. 82-95 [90 f.18].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Dibujos, 1857. Núm. 136.
136. Noventa y seis idem idem de idem [dibujos sueltos de estudios] / de figuras, de varios tamaños del / mismo [Bayeu] en muy mal estado.

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 76.

Inscriptions +

10 Rs [tachado]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower area

4 rs
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower area

nº. 136
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, central area

Claudio Coello
Inscribed. Front, lower right corner

[Sello estampillado en la parte superior]
Printmaking. Front, lower area

42 [rodeado en un círculo]
Inscribed. Front, upper right corner

45
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower area

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

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