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What is this?

Figure of an angel wearing a chiton tied under her breast and gathered at the hips, leaning left with right leg extended before left leg.

Why is this in our collection?

This drawing is attributed to Battista Franco, who was a gifted draftsman, engraver, and painter. He was born in Venice and studied in Rome early in his career. Franco’s primary influence was Michelangelo and he is thought to be the first to copy the frescos in the Sistine Chapel. Franco’s interest extended to classical antiquity and he endeavored to record all of the classical sculptures held in private collections in Rome. His extraordinary draftsmanship earned him commissions with Raffaello da Montelupo on the Ponte Sant’Angelo project, grisaille scenes from Roman history at the Porta San Sebastiano, and he worked with Giorgio Vasari on the decoration of the Palazzo Medici in June 1536. (In fact,... more

This is a drawing from Italy. It is dated ca. 1553 and we acquired it in 2009. Bequest of Joseph F. McCrindle.

Its medium is

red chalk on dark cream laid paper

Its dimensions are

27.3 x 12.3 cm (10 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

It is signed

Signed in black ink, lower right: dorosi [?] [illegible]

This object was attributed to Battista Franco

This object was catalogued by Karin Zonis and agent: John Rowe and bequest of Joseph F. McCrindle

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710847/ |title=Drawing, "Drapery Study for the Angel of the Annunciation", ca. 1553 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=19 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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