Composition Study with Seated Figures


Artist
Italian (Italian)
Date
18th century
Medium
Black chalk, pen and wash
Dimensions
- : 6 1/2 x 7 9/16 in. (16.35 x 19.21 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Kelvyn Lilley
Object Number
1989.2.10

Label
This drawing is a preliminary study for part of a larger painting or print, most likely depicting a religious subject. Many artists historically made such studies as part of their creative process, to test different design options and clarify details such as facial expressions, body poses and clothing treatments. Although drawings like this were not meant to be finished works of art, they have long been prized by collectors for the insight they offer into how artists think and work.

Object Type
Drawing