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Study for Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph (recto); Sketches: Saint Christopher; Two Figures in Conversation over Money (verso)

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and gray and brown wash (recto) and pen and brown ink and graphite (verso), on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and gray and brown wash (recto) and pen and brown ink and graphite (verso), on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1620

Artist:

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
Italian, 1591-1666

About this artwork

This is the earliest known study for a commission that Guercino was given in 1620 by Cardinal Jacopo Serra, Legate of Ferrara. The forceful, naturalistic drawing captures the moment of the Old Testament story in which Joseph attempts to guide the blessing arm of the nearly blind Jacob away from his younger son Ephraim to the head of his first-born, Manasse.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Guercino

Title

Study for Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph (recto); Sketches: Saint Christopher; Two Figures in Conversation over Money (verso)

Origin

Italy

Date

1615–1625

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and gray and brown wash (recto) and pen and brown ink and graphite (verso), on cream laid paper

Dimensions

181 × 245 mm

Credit Line

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1922.484

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