Lot 10
  • 10

Federico Barocci

20,000 - 25,000 USD
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  • Federico Barocci
  • The Madonna and Child
  • Black chalk heightened with a small amount of white on brown prepared paper;
    bears numbering on old mount, in brown ink:  No624 and also bears attribution, in black ink, lower right:  Fed. Baroccio

  • 258 by 210 mm; 10 1/8 by 8 1/4 in


The Rt. Hon. Gwen, Lady Melchett;
sale, New York, Sotheby's, 26 January 2005, lot 90

Catalogue Note

This is a preparatory study for Barocci's last painting, the Madonna and Child, commissioned by Prince Orazio Albani and now in the collection of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Rome (fig. 1).  Several other related drawings are known.  The present study most closely resembles one in the Biblioteca Comunale, Urbania (inv. 199, II) but presumably precedes it, as the figure of the mother is nude and her face less idealized than in the Urbania study.  The position of the Christ Child is the same in both, but differs from that of the painting.  For further information on the painting and the related drawings, see Andrea Emiliani, Federico Barocci, Bologna 1985, vol. II, pp. 420-427.  In this late work, Barocci treats his subject with a highly characteristic intimacy and tenderness.