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Christ carrying the Cross; a soldier at right reaching out to urge him on, St Veronica kneeling with a cloth at l, soldiers behind, including one on horseback
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, on brown prepared paper
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Height: 319 millimetres
Width: 223 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, ‘Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century’, 1986, no. 159
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
This and the preceding drawing come from the same old collection; they both have the same mount and etched label with practically the same inscription correctly identifying them as studies for Naldini's altarpiece in the Badia (S. Maria Assunta) at Florence, a work generally dated 1566, which they both resemble in composition but not in detail. Vasari cites the picture as follows: "Ha fatto Battista in una tavola a olio, che è in una cappella della Badia di Firenze dé Monaci neri, un Christo che porta la Croce, nella quale opera sono molte buone figure; ..." (Vasari/Milanesi, vii, p. 611). The compositional solutions adumbrated in the two drawings are similar, the principal difference between them being in the soldier on the right who faces the front in the present drawing but turns his back to the spectator in the preceding one. The slightly more untidy, less resolved appearance of the preceding drawing might suggest that it was drawn before the other.
Literature: Voss, Spätrenaissance p. 306, n. 1; Barocchi (1965), pp. 252 and 273, n. 89, and fig. 95b; Primato del disegno, no. 325.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1980, Palazzo Strozzi, '16thC Florentine Drawings', no. 325
1986, BM, '16thC Florentine Drawings', no. 159
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- Acquisition notes
- Gabburri Collection? - similar paper borders are sometimes found on drawings with this provenance.
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