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Three studies for a seated Christ Child, to front, study for a painting and formerly in an album
Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey paper
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Height: 389 millimetres
Width: 236 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also Curator's comment in 1988,1105.91(1).
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 181
This is a study for the Infant Christ in Maratti's painting of the 'Virgin and Child in Glory', datable c. 1680, on loan from the Prado to the church of San Jerónimo el Real, Madrid (Madrid, 1970, no. 115, repr.). This is one of the paintings acquired by Philip V in 1722 from the painter's estate. In it Maratti reveals the strong influence of Raphael's 'Madonna di Foligno' in the Vatican Gallery (Dussler, 1971, fig. 82).
The study in black chalk at the lower left corner, showing the Child's right leg bent at the knee, his left leg hanging loosely, seems to have been drawn first. At centre right the artist has sketched the Child's outstretched right arm, with which he is blessing; the head, though only lightly indicated; and his right leg, shown extended. The final study, at upper centre, with touches of white chalk to the head and right hand, is fully worked out, with the right arm raised in blessing, his body clasped by the lightly indicated hand of the Virgin and his left leg foreshortened for resting on the Virgin's lap. The artist used the final position in the painting.
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- See 1988,1105.91(1).
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