Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Artist: Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp)

Artist: Attributed to Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)

Date: early 17th century

Medium: Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white; contours traced with stylus for transfer.

Dimensions: sheet: 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.2 x 27 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Kleinberger, 1961

Accession Number: 61.68

Description

This drawing is made after Rubens' painting in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. It is the preparatory drawing for the engraving by Lucas Vorsterman. Therefore, the contours are traced with a stylus to transfer the composition to the copperplate. To facilitate the engraver's work, a lot of attention was paid to the division of light and dark within the composition. The sheet was possibly made by Anthony van Dyck and retouched in pen by Rubens.

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