Description & Technical information

The present sheet is a splendid example of Cecco Bravo’s distinctive manner of drawing, characterized by the use of a combination of red and black chalk and a feathery, seemingly insubstantial depiction of form; an idiosyncratic technique that, in the words of one scholar, ‘challenged the rigor of Florentine disegnoin its fine disregard for contour.’


Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Italy, Austria
Medium: Red and black chalk
Dimensions: 13.1 x 10.9 cm (5¹/₈ x 4¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: The Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, Balcarres House, Colinsburgh, Fife
Thence by descent to a private collection.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints