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Franceschini, Baldassare (known as Il Volterrano)
Six Studies of the Virgin and Child Six Studies of the Virgin and Child
Around 1655 Around 1655

This sheet with studies of the Virgin and Child evinces the workings of the artistic mind. Working swiftly and with concern for compelling composition over details of form, Baldassare Franceschini explores a variety of poses to arrive at the most satisfying one. Of concern are the arrangement of the Virgin’s arms, the contours of which have been strengthened by repeated and overlapping strokes. Such study demonstrates an almost scientific interest in compositional possibilities.

 
Franceschini, Baldassare (known as Il Volterrano)
Volterra, Italy, 1611-Florence, Italy 1690 Volterra, Italy, 1611-Florence, Italy 1690
Six Studies of the Virgin and Child Six Studies of the Virgin and Child
Around 1655 Around 1655
Red chalk on paper Red chalk on paper
height / width: 16.80 x 25.40 cm; 6.61 x 9.99 in.
Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998 Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998
41-018.49

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