The Coronation of the Virgin

A work made of pen and brown iron-gall ink and brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over traces of graphite, on blue laid paper, squared in graphite for transfer, with extraneous traces of colored oil paints.
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  • A work made of pen and brown iron-gall ink and brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over traces of graphite, on blue laid paper, squared in graphite for transfer, with extraneous traces of colored oil paints.

Date:

1575

Artist:

Ercole Setti
Italian, 1530–1617

About this artwork

This finished presentation drawing, executed in painterly washes on blue paper, has been recently identified as preparatory for an altarpiece in the Jesuit Church of the Annunziata in Modena. Squared in graphite, the elaborate and pietistic composition would have been transferred point for point to the painted support. It is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of Setti, an obscure and provincial artist, and reflects his familiarity with the Mannerist artistic vocabulary prevalent in the Counter-Reformation era.

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Artist

Ercole Setti

Title

The Coronation of the Virgin

Origin

Italy

Date

1575

Medium

Pen and brown iron-gall ink and brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over traces of graphite, on blue laid paper, squared in graphite for transfer, with extraneous traces of colored oil paints

Dimensions

184 x 203 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1026

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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