About this artwork
This study is the last in the sequence of three composition drawings for The Dream of Saint Joseph. It differs from the other two in the pose of the figure of the Virgin, which, along with the figure of the Christ child, Testa has cut out and attached. Such attention to detail characterizes Testa’s rigorous preparatory process, and it contrasts sharply with the freedom with which he etched the plate.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Pietro Testa
- Study for 'The Dream of Saint Joseph'
- Pen and brown ink, with black chalk and traces of incising, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper
- 368 × 242 mm
- Restricted gift of Dorothy Harza, with the assistance of Kate de Rothschild Agius and Marcus Agius, in memory of Laura Harza