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Sophronia Enters the Palace of Aladin

A work made of pen and brown ink, and brush and brown wash, over touches of red chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on blue laid laminated card.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, and brush and brown wash, over touches of red chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on blue laid laminated card.

Date:

1604/06

Artist:

Andrea Boscoli
Italian, 1550–1606

About this artwork

This is one of a number of drawings the artist made to illustrate scenes from Torquato Tasso’s epic poem Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme liberata), first published in 1581. In order to avert a massacre, Sophronia (seen at left) enters the palace of the Muslim ruler of Jerusalem to plead her Christian people’s innocence.

Andrea Boscoli’s style is characterized by a heavy use of wash, with a calligraphic line that delineates form with great subtlety. He juxtaposes a plunging perspective at left with the up-close palace colonnade at right to create a sense of negative-positive visual tension.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Andrea Boscoli

Title

Sophronia Enters the Palace of Aladin

Place

Italy (Object made in)

Date

Made 1604–1606

Medium

Pen and brown ink, and brush and brown wash, over touches of red chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on blue laid laminated card

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto by the artist, upper edge, in pen and brown ink: "Mirata da ciascun passa è non mira"; bottom edge, in pen and brown ink: "la bella Donna e innanzi al Re sen viene (Admired by all, heedless went the lovely maid / ‘til to the presence of the king she came)"; upper right, in pen and brown ink: "1"; lower right, in pen and brown ink: "J.B."; verso, bottom edge of mount, in pen and brown ink underlined in graphite: "Andrea Boscoli florentino"

Dimensions

239 × 179 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2022.67

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