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The Virgin and Child appearing to St Francis of Assisi and St Teresa of Avila; the Child standing on a globe supported by putti, at right is God the Father and the infant St John the Baptist with the lamb, the holy dove in the upper centre
Pen and brown ink and brown wash over black chalk
- Production date
- 1660-1668 (c.)
Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 286 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Modified text from McDonald 2013
The drawing entered the collection of the British Museum attributed to Bocanegra who was a leading artist in Granada in the second half of the seventeenth century. There is no reason to question the attribution and the drawing shows a close connection with Alonso Cano's style. Palomino records that Bocanegra was Cano’s pupil and the latter had a tremendous influence on artists with whom he came in contact.
Compositionally the drawing is similar to several of Bocanegra's paintings although none are close enough to suggest a direct link. For example, the Virgin in the drawing is similar in pose to her counterpart to two works in Granada Cathedral of the Virgin appearing to San Juan de Mata and another where she appears to St Bernard.
The sheet has darkened a little over time but Bocanegra's distinctive drawing style is evident. The figures are drawing in firm outline and the application of wash imparts their three-dimensional form. The wash is also used to create a sense of depth that leads the eye from the terrain in the foreground to the landscape beyond. Other drawings attributed to Bocanegra are conceived in the same way. The Baptism of Christ in the Apelles collection, for example, is executed in pen, ink and wash and like the London drawing all areas of the sheet are filled with details.
M. P. McDonald, 'Renaissance to Goya: Prints and drawings from Spain', exh.cat., British Museum, London 2012, p.143; M. P. McDonald, 'El trazo español en el British Museum: Dibujos del Renacimiento a Goya', exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid 2013, cat.no.37.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1976 BM, `Spanish Drawings`, (no cat)
2013 March-June, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, ‘El trazo español en el British Museum …’
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