Flying Figure Holding a Crown, Reclining River God

Artist: Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)

Date: n.d.

Medium: Black chalk

Dimensions: 6 7/16 x 5 1/2 in. (16.3 x 14 cm.)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1963

Accession Number: 63.92.1


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.