Religious Figural Drawing with Pen & Ink Wash After il Guercino
Old Master style Italian Religious Figural Drawing, Pen & Ink Wash, after Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino, Jesus Christ holding baby / cherub
Baroque Old Master Style Italian Religious Figural Drawing with Pen & Ink Wash over Black Chalk After Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna) | Appears to depict Jesus Christ holding a baby / cherub / angel / putti | Medium: Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk on paper (wash drawing, ink and wash, chalk drawing) | Date & Artist Unknown | Approx. Dimensions: 9″ H x 5.5″ W (22.86 x 13.97cm).
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591 – 1666), better known as Guercino or il Guercino, was an Italian Baroque painter and draftsman from Cento, Italy who was active in Rome and Bologna. The vigorous naturalism of his early manner contrasts with the classical equilibrium of his later works. His many drawings are noted for their luminosity and lively style. Guercino was remarkable for the extreme rapidity of his executions: he completed no fewer than 106 large altarpieces for churches, and his other paintings amount to about 144. He was also a prolific draftsman. His production includes many drawings, usually in ink, washed ink, or red chalk. Most of them were made as preparatory studies for his paintings, but he also drew landscapes, genre subjects, and caricatures for his own enjoyment. Guercino’s drawings are known for their fluent style in which “rapid, calligraphic pen strokes combined with dots, dashes, and parallel hatching lines describe the forms.” [Wikipedia].