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Three studies of St Simeon holding the Christ Child; one in a rectangle turned to left
Red chalk, with some pen and brown ink
Verso: Three studies of the same composition
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Height: 205 millimetres
Width: 265 millimetres (max; irregularly cut)
- Curator's comments
- Together with 1980,1213.2 and 1980.1213.3, this is one of three very closely related sheets by Volterrano, all acquired together, that show a working out of a Nunc Dimittis. All are finished to more or less the same degree, at least in one part of the sheet, and each shows the artist casting Simeon both to the left and the right in near identical poses, making it difficult, perhaps invidious, to put the group in any meaningful sequence. A sense of chronology is only suggested by the outlier of the set, the drawing in the bottom left of the recto of this sheet, which uniquely shows Simeon as a priest, and is the only design wholly (as opposed partially) reinforced in ink. This study was evidently given some thought, as is evidenced by the pentimenti drawn on three scraps of paper glued to the surface, a habit of Volterrano’s also encountered, for example, in 1980,1213.3, both on the recto and in the study of a martyred female saint on the verso. The compositions of all three sheets find some echo in a study of c. 1640 showing Joseph holding the Christ Child (New York, Metropolitan Museum 2006.393.10), and may have been produced at a similar date.
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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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