It has not been possible to connect any of the sketches with specific paintings, but winged putti do appear in many of his compositions and the studies seen here could be preliminary for a number of projects. Two of the full length figure studies may be for an Adoration of the Magi.
Cantarini's studies in chalk, especially red chalk, appear more frequently than his pen and ink studies which more frequently relate to one particular painting. The combination of studies, in which the artist has used the paper in different directions to produce quick but well considered sketches, is therefore interesting.
Another sheet of studies, comparable in technique, was on the London art market in 1996.1
1. Sale, London, Christie's, 2 July 1996, lot 40
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