Description & Technical information

Drawn in 2022, the present sheet copies a small late 15th or early 16th century Netherlandish limestone sculpture in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Executed with careful precision, the drawing employs the technique of stippling, whereby the image gradually unfolds through the repeated application of thousands of fine dots, all intricately applied with a technical pen. This subtle approach gives the image an unparalleled delicacy, showcasing gentle tonal transitions uncommon in pen works. It evokes a sense of contemplation and introspection, aptly suited for religious motifs and integral to the philosophical underpinning of Louis Savage's process.