Exhibitions/ Art Object

Study of Hands (recto); Study for a Reclining St. Francis (verso)

Artist:
Daniele Crespi (Italian, Busto Arsizio 1597/1600–1630 Milan)
Date:
ca. 1628–30
Medium:
Red and white chalk on blue paper (recto); red chalk on blue paper (verso)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8 1/8 in. × 11 in. (20.7 × 28 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.15a, b
Not on view
This powerful study of hands, drawn after a live model, was used by Crespi for several of his fresco portraits of Carthusian monks at the Chartreuse of Garegnano, in the outskirts of Milan. Repertory drawings such as this one that could be referenced in the making of several figures helped the artist complete the large frescoes in a short amount of time, between 1628 and 1630. The decoration of the Milan Chartreuse, Crespi’s most celebrated achievement as a painter, occurred right before his sudden death in 1630. Datable around the same time (ca.1628) is the lively red-chalk study for St. Frances drawn on the verso of the same sheet: it relates to the same reclining figure in Crespi's altarpice depicting 'The Virgin and Child, St. Francis, St. Charles Borromeo and a donor', formerly in Pavia and now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. (F.R., 2015)
Christie's, London, July 6, 1999 lot 109 (as Cerano); Christie's, Paris, March 26, 2014 lot 25 (as 'entourage de Cerano'); Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2016–January 30, 2017.

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