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Cesare Dandini
HALF-LENGTH STUDY OF A MAN, HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Cesare Dandini
HALF-LENGTH STUDY OF A MAN, HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Cesare Dandini
FLORENCE 1596 - 1657
HALF-LENGTH STUDY OF A MAN, HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED
Red chalk;
signed with initials in pen and dark brown ink, lower right:  C.D.
140 by 118 mm
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Provenance

With C. Mendez;
with Jean François Baroni, Paris and New York, Selection of Old Master Drawings and XIXth Century, 2000, no. 7

Catalogue Note

Dynamic and vibrant, this rapid red chalk sketch is a preparatory study for the soldier in the centre of Dandini's 1647 painting of The Conversion of St. Paul, in the church of Santa Maria in Vallombrosa, near Florence (fig. 1).

Sandro Bellesi points out in his monograph on the artist that drawings by Cesare Dandini are rare and very few sheets can be specifically related to existing paintings.  This study is therefore extremely instructive, revealing the artist's working methods when preparing for an important commission.  The handling of red chalk is confident and assured and the foreshortening and sense of movement are well understood.

Dandini spent most of his career in Florence, where he worked for the leading members of the Medici family as well as for other aristocratic Florentine families such as the Corsini.  His artistic output contributed greatly to the development of the Florentine Baroque tradition.

The present sheet is signed with the artist's initials; this signature is found on a number of other drawings by Dandini.2

1. S. Bellesi, Cesare Dandini, Turin 1996, cat. no. XXXV

2. Ibid., pp. 44-47, nos. 37s, 38s, 42s and 44s

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