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The Virgin and Child
Cano, Alonso
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Cano, Alonso

Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667

Cano, Alonso See author's file

The Virgin and Child

XVII century. Grey-brown wash, Pencil, Pencil ground on yellow laid paper.
Not on display

The Virgin is depicted in three-quarter length, slightly turned towards the left, and holding the Christ Child. A veil covers part of her head, and voluminous folds of this same garment surround her waist and hips. The background remains plain. The Child is turned towards the face of his mother, whose large, dark eyes look beyond the viewer with a distant and serious expression.

This drawing is not directly akin to any of the surviving paintings of the Virgin with the Child produced by Cano, the majority of which depict the Virgin with a lowered gaze and a generally more tender and serene appearance. The Virgin’s eyes and head recall Christ’s expression in Christ tied to the Column (D59). There is also a certain affinity with the facial type of Saint Agnes (previously in Berlin) destroyed in 1945, in addition to the Immaculate Conception (1650) in Vitoria.

The opaque watercolour added to this drawing is simply a later reworking. If attention is not paid to the density of the watercolour, the relatively serene brushstrokes, which are characteristic of Cano’s drawings in the 1630s and 1640s, can be observed. Although the finishing touch of this drawing is barer to that of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, in Hamburg, the employment of the pen and the quality of the brushstroke are similar. It may be deduced that the reinforcement imposed on the drawing by a later hand was the reason on which Wethey based his objection to Cano’s authorship.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Santander, Fundación Marcelino Botín, 2009, p.218-219; nº 23


Technical data

Inventory number
Cano, Alonso
The Virgin and Child
XVII century
Grey-brown wash; Pencil; Pencil ground
Yellow laid paper
Height: 164 mm; Width: 117 mm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Dibujos españoles IV. Alonso Cano, IV, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 313.

Martinez Chumillas, Manuel, Alonso Cano: estudio monográfico de la obra del insigne que fue de la catedral de Granada, Carlos Jaime, Madrid, 1949, pp. 156 / lám. 99.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano's drawings, The Art bulletin, 34, 1952, pp. 225 y 234.

Alonso Cano: estudio y catálogo de la exposición, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1954, pp. nº 82.

Orozco Díaz, Emilio, Alonso Cano y su escuela en el III centenario de su muerte, Caja de Ahorros, Granada, 1963, pp. nº 187.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos Vol. I. Dibujos españoles, siglos XV-XVII / por A. E. Pérez Sánchez, Madrid, 1972, pp. 49-50.

Véliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano's Drawings and Related Works, Courtald Institute-London Univ., Londres, 1998, pp. nº 20.

Alonso Cano. Dibujos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 133.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, 2009, pp. 218-219; nº 23.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 134.
134. Otro idem [dibujo] idem [sic.] de la Virgen con el Niño, del mismo [Alonso Cano]. Alto siete y media pulgadas: ancho cinco idem.

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 11.
Numeración antigua 134. [Numeración] Moderna 11. La Virgen con el NiñoJesus - A. Alonso Cano, alto 0,16 por 0,12 ancho - Marco negro y cristal -

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 38.

Inscriptions +

134 [grafía del siglo XIX]
Inscribed. Front, upper right corner

Printmaking. Front, lower right corner

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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