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Maker(s):Boscoli, Andrea
Culture:Italian (1550 - 1606)
Title:Christ on the Mount of Olives
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:red chalk with gray wash on buff colored antique laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sheet: 7 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.; 19.2088 x 14.9225 cm; image: 7 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.; 18.415 x 14.2875 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1978.27
Credit Line:Gift of Jere Abbott
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

man sleeping under a tree in foreground, kneeling Christ with halo in center looking up at an angel on a cloud, trees in distance

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Ellen Monroe, class of 2015:

This fantastically angular drawing is characteristic of the late sixteenth-century Florentine artist Andrea Boscoli. The same crisp lines can be seen in his sketch after a fifteenth-century Benozzo Gozzoli fresco, currently part of the Drawn to Excellence exhibition on SCMA’s first floor. Boscoli’s precise lines animate both compositions, but here Boscoli layered gray wash on top of his red chalk drawing. This was a technique Boscoli frequently used to create dramatic shading. Indeed, the tree on the right casts a shadow on the foreground figure, while Christ’s kneeling form is illuminated.

landscapes; vegetation; men; religion; Christianity

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