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The Infant Christ; with left hand raised and green drapery behind
Pen and brown ink, with watercolour
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Height: 89 millimetres
Width: 83 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: K.T. Parker, 'North Italian Drawings of the Quattrocento', London, 1927, no. 23, p. 27 (as Tura); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 345 (with previous literature)
Popham & Pouncey 1950
The figure corresponds, in reverse, with the Infant Christ in Tura's 'Madonna and Child', at Bergamo (Venturi, 'Storia', vii. 3, fig. 422), and consequently the Child is here seen blessing with His left hand. The drapery is taken over faithfully from that which, in the picture, is behind the Madonna. The drawing seems to be a deliberate pastiche, of such low quality and such apparently late date that it may be called a forgery, intended to pass as a 'fragment' (though it is impossible to imagine of what), or even as a coloured woodcut, to which it bears a superficial resemblance.
Literature: K. T. Parker, North Italian Drawings, 1927, p. 27, pl. 23; A. E. P(opham), B.M.Q., vii (1932/3), p. 107.
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