The Veronese Print

J. Carroll Beckwith American

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Beckwith studied painting in Paris with the French portraitist Carolus-Duran (1837–1917), who also taught John Singer Sargent. Carolus-Duran encouraged his students to search for artistic role models among the great masters of the past. Beckwith suggests his admiration for the Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese (1528–1588) by using a print of the lower portion of his Madonna in Glory with Saint Sebastian and Other Saints (Church of San Sebastiano, Venice) as a backdrop for this portrait sketch. Beckwith’s use of Italian art signifies his own sophistication and erudition, and it may also suggest that the young woman (model Minnie Clark) is a modern Madonna.

The Veronese Print, J. Carroll Beckwith (American, Hannibal, Missouri 1852–1917 New York), Black chalk and pastel on grey wove paper, American

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