Studies for an Angel in Glory

Antonio d'Enrico Tanzio (Tanzio da Varallo) Italian

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Made in preparation for a flying angel on the frescoed ceiling in the church of Sant’Antonio Abate, Milan, this drawing explores the dynamic pose of a male figure seen from below. At the sides of the main study, the artist has repeated elements of the body to increase his understanding of the model’s anatomy and his complex, floating pose. A brilliantly original Baroque master from Northern Italy, Tanzio da Varallo was also a skilled draftsman, as can be appreciated by the luminous quality of this drawing, executed over an ocher-prepared ground.

Studies for an Angel in Glory, Antonio d'Enrico Tanzio (Tanzio da Varallo) (Italian, Riale d'Alagna 1575/80–1632/33 Novara), Red chalk on off-white laid paper washed pale ochre; main study squared for transfer

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