Study for 'The Dream of Saint Joseph'

A work made of pen and brown ink, with black chalk and traces of incising, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with black chalk and traces of incising, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper.

Date:

1635/37

Artist:

Pietro Testa
Italian, 1611/12-1650

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.

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Artist

Pietro Testa

Title

Study for 'The Dream of Saint Joseph'

Origin

Italy

Date

1635–1637

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with black chalk and traces of incising, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper

Dimensions

368 x 242 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Dorothy Harza, with the assistance of Kate de Rothschild Agius and Marcus Agius, in memory of Laura Harza

Reference Number

1998.358

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