Studies of a Stag

Attributed to Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio di Francia) Italian

Not on view

These sensitive renderings of a stag can be attributed to Stefano da Verona, a leading painter and draftsman in Lombardy and the Veneto. Another pen-and-ink drawing by his hand appears in this exhibition. In Stefano’s time, artists in northern Italy were known for their precise depictions of nature; the model books they produced featured highly finished animal studies with exacting attention to outward detail. Stefano’s nimble sketches of a stag stand in contrast to this tradition. With free and rapid strokes of the pen, he experiments with the immediate impression of the creature, imbuing it with a sense of vitality. The spontaneous handling, rhythmic hatching, and looped lines are among the characteristics these works share with the other sheet by Stefano in this selection.

Studies of a Stag, Attributed to Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio di Francia) (Italian, Paris or Pavia ca. 1374/75–after 1438 Verona), Pen and brown ink

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