About this artwork
This monumental drawing shows Denys Calvaert’s nearly final conception for an altarpiece. The artist made a few intriguing changes before completing the painting. He replaced a child in the lower left of the drawing with an older saint figure, covered the Christ Child’s genitalia, and shifted Saint Francis’s head toward the center of the composition.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Denys Calvaert
- Saint Francis of Assisi Adoring the Virgin and Child
- Black chalk on blue laid paper
- Inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: "101"; lower left, in graphite: "D.6924/2"
- 521 × 312 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection