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Holy Family, Accompanied by an Angel and Two Saints
Passerotti, Bartolomeo
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Passerotti, Bartolomeo

Bologna, 1529 - Bologna, 1592

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Holy Family, Accompanied by an Angel and Two Saints

XVI century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on brown paper. Not on display

The invention and handling are in fact typical of Passerotti’s more rapidly drawn sketches. Compared with the better-known, finished pen studies, such as Male Head (D1781), his pen line here seems all of a sudden euphorically liberated. The halftones, instead of being indicated by dense cross-hatching, are brushed in with fluid brown washes. For comparison with the present sheet, a good example of such a rapid pen-and-wash study is the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple in the Gabinetto dei Disegni of the Uffizi, Florence, for Passerotti’s altarpiece painted in 1583, now in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Chicago, Art Services International, 2008, p.341

Technical data

Inventory number
D001760
Author
Passerotti, Bartolomeo
Title
Holy Family, Accompanied by an Angel and Two Saints
Date
XVI century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Support
Brown paper
Dimension
Height: 110 mm.; Width: 180 mm.
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 341.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Chicago, 2008, pp. 341.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 1947.

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Update date: 30-07-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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