Carlo Maratti (1625-1713)

Study for the Head of St Charles Borromeo

Rome, 1658-90

Red chalk heightened with white on blue paper

36.1 x 27.9 cm

This drawing is a study for the head of the figure of Saint Carlo Borromeo in the High Altarpiece of the Church of  S. Carlo al Corso, Rome.

This study represents Saint Carlo presented to the Virgin and Child, and was painted in 1658-90 on the commission of Cardinal Omodel. A sketch for the composition of the altarpiece is in the Louve, and is reproduced by G. Rouchès, Inventaire Général des Dessins au Musée du Louvre: Dessins Italiens du 17ème Siècle, pl. 33.

Purchased 1937 (No. 37.7)


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