This drawing shows the vivacious fluid line typical of Guercino's best pen and ink drawings.

Its seeming freedom and spontaneity of line belies the fact that it was probably intended as a figure study for a painting from classical mythology, perhaps Danae or a rejected drawing for 'Semele and Jupiter'.

Provenance

1st Earl of Leicester; by descent; Christie's 2/7/91, lot 22; Private collection.


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