PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN
The rich application of red chalk, coupled with subtle touches of white heightening, is a graphic technique that Bloemaert particularly excelled in and the intriguing verso, which depicts a number of leg studies is, much like the recto, executed in this highly characteristic combination of media. Though Bolten suggests that the leg studies depicted in the present work were possibly studies for compositions like The Mocking of Christ,2 the cross legged pose of the legs found in the Haverkamp-Begemann sheet, as well as the extended foot, located on the upper right edge of the sheet, all suggest that these studies more likely relate to a Crucifixion. Indeed a close comparison can be drawn between the pose of the central pair of legs in the present work and those found in Bloemaert's Angels catching in cups the blood of the Crucified Christ,3 though Bolten dates this impressive sheet some 15 to 20 years earlier than the Haverkamp-Begemann drawing.
1. Bolten, op.cit., p. 303, under no. 913
2. Ibid., p. 74, no. 166, reproduced vol. II, fig. 166
3. Ibid., p. 75, no. 168, reproduced vol. II, fig. 168
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