Two Drawings

April 1st, 2011 § 1 comment

A couple of drawings to talk about here. The first, in the Uffizi, is a drawing of a standing male nude. It has been variously attributed to Stefano da Verona or his circle. While we’re no closer to a firm attribution, there has been some convincing work, showing the subject to be JFK. The search for a fragment with Ms. Monroe is currently underway.

Stefano da Verona Circle | Standing Male Nude | Early 15th century | Pen and brown ink on laid paper | 187 x 129 mm | Uffizi | Florence

The other, a much later drawing, shows Thomas Bewick at work on his banged up MacBook Pro. His pet duck is playing possum.

Johnny Millais | Portrait of Thomas Berwick | 1891 | Photo of book plate showing brown ink repro of 250 x 178 mm drawing

§ One Response to Two Drawings

  • Phoebe Weil says:

    Hi Lucy! Greatly enjoy your website reading from time to time..Specially interested in “carta azurra” which, if I remember correctly, Orfeo Boselli refers to as “turchina” which he says is handy because it supplies the “mezze tinte” in a drawing. The large cartoon that Annibale made for the Farnese ceiling is on this paper which under magnification shows the blue fibers probably from indigo-dyed cloth added to the paper pulp mixture to make it blue. it tends to fade. Claude Lorrain used it a great deal. It is useful with iron gall ink because the ink when new and black produces washes that thin out to a blueish tone. When the ink turns brown over time the brown ink over the blue paper produces an unpleasant effect. Fabriano which was the prime paper produced in Italy supplied this paper comparatively cheaply hence its popularity.