Attributed to Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 15991641)
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white; contours traced with stylus for transfer; 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.2 x 27 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1961 (61.68)
This drawing is made after Rubens' painting in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. It is the preparatory drawing for the engraving by Lucas Vorsterman (see 51.501.7125). Therefore, the contours are traced with a stylus to transfer the composition to the copperplate. To facilitate the engraver's work, a lot of attention was paid to the division of light and dark within the composition. The sheet was possibly made by Anthony van Dyck and retouched in pen by Rubens.