The Infant Christ by Cosimo Tura

This drawing is exactly the reverse of the Infant Christ in the picture of the Madonna and Child by Tura in the Accademia Carrara at Bergamo.

Details

Category:
Religious
Medium:
Brown ink with touches of colour Dimensions: 9 x 8 cm
Acquired in:
1933
Bequeathed by:
Henry Oppenheimer through The Art Fund

Even the folds of the drapery over the back of the throne are identical. The most obvious explanation of the drawing being in reverse to the picture would be that it was not a drawing but a woodcut from the picture. It has, in fact, some resemblance to the appearance and character of a woodcut. The issue demands further investigation.This work was bequeathed by Henry Oppenheimer, who presented over 30 works to the British Museum through the Art Fund between 1907 and 1933.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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