Both recto and verso.

Studies for saints for the bas-reliefs of the choir screen in Florence Cathedral, sculpted by the artist between 1560 and 1572. The drawing clearly shows its purpose by successfully creating a sense of the potential of marble in the way the fall of the draperies is blocked out to render volume; the hatching even suggests the way in which the marble might be rendered into form by the chisel.

Provenance

Sir Joshua Reynolds; his sale, H Phillips London 1789; Sir Thomas Lawrence; Willaim Mayor; private collection, Switzerland; Phillips, 2000; John Mitchell & Son.


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