Francesco Montelatici, called Cecco Bravo
- Francesco Montelatici, called Cecco Bravo
- study of an angel holding a staff
- Red chalk, lower right corner made up;
bears number in brown ink, upper left: 34
Dr. Max Goldstein;
wirh P. and D. Colnaghi, London, Old Master Drawings, 1970, no. 23;
sale, London, Christie's, 8 April 1986, lot 60;
with Kate Ganz, Ltd., London, Italian Drawings 1500-1800, 1987, no. 16, reproduced
Edinburgh, The Merchants' Hall, Italian 17th Century Drawings from British Private Collections, 1972, no. 84, reproduced p. 104
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An unusually large number of studies of male nudes by Cecco Bravo has survived, in black chalk, in red chalk sometimes heightened with white, and in the combination of red and black chalk which the artist used to such effect in his compositional drawings. There are two major holdings of these academies: the National Gallery of Scotland and the Uffizi. The present study accords well with those examples, both in technique and in the presence of the numbering, but the size of the sheet is somewhat smaller (the others tend to be circa 400 by 260 mm). Many of the nudes have been given wings and are thought to be connected with Cecco's lost fresco of the Fall of the Rebel Angels, painted circa 1648 in SS. Michele e Gaetano, Florence.