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Raffaello Vanni albums: A flying angel brandishing a sword, with several suggestions for his arms; studies of legs, hands and feet at the edges
Verso: God the Father and a putto
Black and white chalk on buff paper
- Production date
- 1640-50 (circa)
Height: 259 millimetres
Width: 409 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Watermark: a sun (?) in a circle.
The recto study bears an obvious relation to the angel in the top right corner of Vanni's 'Annunciation to Zacharias' in S. Giovanni in Pantaneto, Siena, which Vanni appears to have painted in Rome sometime after 1640. As the angel of the study brandishes a sword, however, the drawing cannot have been made in preparation for the picture (where any weapon would have been inappropriate), and it probably records a later reuse of the figure for a new purpose. The verso, which combines God the Father in flight with a putto seen from behind, is also devoted to a more-or-less contemporary motif that Vanni recycled several times: for the Annunciation in the Duomo of Massa Marittima (1643), and in two very similar depictions of the Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine of Siena, for S. Caterina del Paradiso, Siena (1649-50) and S. Catherina in Via Giulia, Rome (1650). Two further studies for the latter pair survive in the BM: see 1886,0104.3.236 (verso) and 1886,0104.3.353 (recto).
For a general description of the Vanni workshop albums see 1886,0104.3.1.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- The register describes the vendor simply as "Mr Ready"
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