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The Presentation of the Virgin, study for a print; the child approaching Zacharias, with onlookers
Red chalk, indented for transfer
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Height: 203 millimetres
Width: 138 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Nicholas Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no.169
A finished preparatory study, in reverse and with the outlines gone over with the stylus for transfer, for the anonymous print of the subject, of which there are two impressions in the Department of Prints and Drawings (inv. nos V,10.2, in sepia, and V,10.3, the latter with Maratti's initials as inventor). The drawing corresponds in size with the print (the image size of both is approximately 189 x 132 mm) and there is a close resemblance in detail between the two, although certain minor adjustments were made before work began on the plate, notably to the figure of Joachim, the Virgin's father, who, largely concealed in the right background of the drawing, has been accorded greater prominence in the print. To judge from its style, which is close to that of Maratti's teacher, Andrea Sacchi (q.v), the drawing was made early in his career, probably in the late 1640s or early 1650s.
Maratti used a variant composition of this drawing for his 'Presentation of the Virgin' engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert, one of the printed illustrations in the 'Missale romanum' of Alexander VII, published in Rome in 1662 (see under 1895,0915.665). This latter engraving is discussed by Graf, [forthcoming].
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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