Exhibitions/ Art Object

A Gazelle in Profile, Moving Toward the Right

Circle of Michelino da Besozzo (Michelino de Mulinari) (Italian, Lombardy, active 1388–1450)
early 15th century
Tip of the brush and brown, gray (both in various shades), and black ink; contours with metalpoint (?or black chalk?); touches of white chalk; brown and light brownish gray wash; on vellum.
3 9/16 x 4 3/16 in. (9.1 x 10.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964
The Lombard artist Michelino da Besozzo was celebrated during his lifetime for his naturalism, especially in rendering animals and birds. This magnificent drawing, probably made by an artist strongly influenced by Michelino, resembles the technique of the illuminations for which he was famous. As it is executed on vellum (a fine-quality parchment) rather than paper, it may have come from a model book; such books were commonly used at the time to record motifs for later use in painted compositions.
F.R. Martin, London; [Arthur Ruck, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman on September 30, 1929.
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