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Group of Draped Figures

Attributed to Antonello da Messina (Antonello di Giovanni d'Antonio) (Italian, Messina ca. 1430–1479 Messina)

Date:
early 1460s
Medium:
Tip of the brush (or fine pen?) and brown ink
Dimensions:
4 5/16 x 5 7/8 in. (11 x 14.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.265
  • Description

    Antonello da Messina's contact with Northern European art during his apprenticeship in Naples in the 1440s and 1450s had a profound influence on his style. Several features of this drawing—in particular, the elongated proportions of the figures and the heavy drapery arranged in sharp, angular folds—demonstrate Antonello's absorption of Netherlandish and Burgundian art. A more elaborate drawing of this composition, with the group of figures set against a cityscape, is preserved in the Musée du Louvre. The relationship between the two sheets remains uncertain; the Lehman sheet may be a partial copy of the Louvre version produced by Antonello or a member of his workshop according to his design.

  • Provenance

    Not established. Acquired by Robert Lehman in Paris in the 1920's.

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