Flying Figure Holding a Crown, Reclining River God, Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels), Black chalk

Flying Figure Holding a Crown, Reclining River God

Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Black chalk
6 7/16 x 5 1/2 in. (16.3 x 14 cm.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
Not on view
As a student at the French Academy, David filled sketchbooks with drawings after antique as well as Baroque art, including this sketch of figures from Pietro da Cortona's fresco, The Assumption of the Virgin, in the apse of the Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella in Rome. In this drawing, one of two that he made after this fresco, David has modified the relative placement of the two figures as they appear in Cortona's ceiling to conform to the format of his sheet.
Inscription: At lower right recto in pen and brown ink: 7.8; initials of the artist's sons, Eugène and Jules David, placed on their father's drawings at time of sale after David's death (Lugt 839); lower center of recto in black chalk: compose (?)
Jacques Louis David (French)David Sale, Paris, 17 April, 1826; Vendor: Galerie de Bayser et Strolin
Dayton Art Institute. "French Artists in Italy, 1600-1900," October 15, 1971–November 28, 1971.

Bean and Turcic 1986.89; Rosenberberg and Prat 2002.1229
Jane van Nuis Cahill French Artists in Italy, 1600-1900. Exh. cat. The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH. Dayton, Ohio, 1971, cat. no. 35, fig. no. pl. 35, p. 22, ill.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th-18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, cat. no. 89, p. 87, ill.

Olivier Bonfait, Véronique Gerard Powell, Philippe Sénéchal Curiosité, Études d'histoire de l'art en l'honneur d'Antoine Schnapper. 1998, fig. no. 60, p. 178, ill.

Louis-Antoine Prat "'Cortone, hélas...'. Sur deux dessins de J.-L. David." in Curiosité. Mélanges offerts à Antoine Schnapper. Paris, 1998, fig. no. 60, pl. 37, pp. 178, 180 not.

Pierre Rosenberg, Louis-Antoine Prat Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825: Catalogue raisonné des dessins. 2 vols., Milan, 2002, cat. no. 1229 (vol. 2), p. 765, ill.