Standing Apostle

Giovanni Bandini (called Giovanni dell'Opera) Italian

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This study by the sculptor Giovanni Bandini belongs to a series of drawings representing single standing male apostles and prophets that was once attributed to his teacher, Baccio Bandinelli. The sheet probably relates to one of several projects Bandini executed for the cathedral of Florence, most likely the relief sculptures of the choir screen, which were begun by Bandinelli in 1547 and completed by Bandini in 1572. The standing figure may be a preparatory study for a series of sculpted apostles set in niches, also intended for the cathedral. The sharply contrasting areas of light and dark endow the figure with a sense of volume and angularity.

Standing Apostle, Giovanni Bandini (called Giovanni dell'Opera) (Italian, Castello 1540–1599 Florence), Pen and brown ink

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