The Sacrifice of Isaac by Giovanni Battista Gaulli

The drawing is a preliminary study for a painting held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Details

Medium:
Chalk, pen, ink, wash & white on paper
Dimensions:
32 x 23 cm
Art Fund grant:
£11,175 ( Total: £111,750; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Christie's

The sheet varies in several respects from the picture, the figures of Isaac and the angel being notably altered. The foreshortened angel casts a dramatic shadow over the impending sacrifice - a baroque element at odds with the rather more subdued tone of the finished picture.

Provenance

1st Earl of Leicester; by descent; Christie's 2/7/91, lot 57.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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