Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002)
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Three Figure Studies
Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, 1691 - 1765)
about 1740 - 1750
Gray wash over black chalk
29.4 x 38.4 cm (11 9/16 x 15 1/8 in.)
Giovanni Paolo Panini probably made this study of three men in varied poses to provide figure types for his views of Rome, called
Panini drew these figures very quickly with thick black chalk lines, later adding gray wash in a range of strengths. He first lightly sketched in the overall form of the central figure, then added layers of wash to define the creases in his breeches and jacket. The darkest washes represent the shadows.