Study of the Virgin (recto); Study of the Virgin and of Hands (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Study of the Virgin (recto); Study of the Virgin and of Hands (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, about 1460 - 1526)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1505

Medium:

Brush with brown wash, black chalk, heightened with white gouache, on faded blue-gray paper

Dimensions:

25.1 x 18.7 cm (9 7/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

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In this simple study of the Virgin Mary kneeling in prayer, Vittore Carpaccio concentrated on the simple lines of her headdress and the crisp folds of her robe. With a brush and a painterly approach, he applied a rich brown wash to her form, with dark lines outlining the body and parallel hatching to give texture. Carpaccio then added strokes of white bodycolor to create brilliant effects of light hitting the surface of the fabric. He produced the drawing as a preparatory study for a painting.

The verso contains a variety of sketches that Carpaccio probably produced ten to fifteen years later. In the main image, the Virgin gazes down in prayer, with her disembodied clasped hands placed directly below her. Another study of a hand holding a quill pen projects from the lower left edge.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (20; recto)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (11; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010) (recto and verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011