Portrait of the Artist's Daughter Agata Dolci

Artist: Carlo Dolci (Italian, Florence 1616–1687 Florence)

Date: 1576–80

Medium: Red and black chalk on pale gray paper

Dimensions: 10 3/16 x 7 15/16in. (25.8 x 20.2cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.383


This sensitively drawn portrait depicts Dolci's youngest daughter Agata. It is composed with great delicacy in red and black chalks, a medium perfected by Florentine seventeenth-century artists and frequently employed in Italy and France in the next century by artists such as François Boucher, who may well have owned this drawing. Dolci described an octagon around the portrait, suggesting that the drawing may have been preparatory for a painting in that shape.