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An Angel in Flight

A work made of black chalk with red chalk on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk with red chalk on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1599-1600

Artist:

Giuseppe Cesari, called Il Cavaliere d’Arpino
Italian, 1568–1640

About this artwork

This drawing is a study for an angel in a fresco executed in the church of San Giovanni in Laterano, in Rome. Painstakingly modeled with fine lines of black chalk, the dynamic, muscular figure of the angel recalls Michelangelo’s monumental nudes created earlier in the century, while the androgynous features of his face are typical of the elegant style favored in the late 1500s. Considered a child prodigy by his contemporaries, Giuseppe Cesari became the head of the artists’ academy in Rome at the young age of 31. His busy workshop was a training ground for numerous pupils, the most notable of which was perhaps Caravaggio.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Giuseppe Cesari

Title

An Angel in Flight

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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1588–1640

Medium

Black chalk with red chalk on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: “Joseppo d’Arpinas”; lower left “1610 "

Dimensions

39.7 × 35.5 cm (15 11/16 × 14 in.)

Credit Line

The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2021.414

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