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Maker(s):Cardi, Lodovico (called il Cigoli)
Culture:Italian (1559 - 1613)
Title:Study of Jacob from the painting "Jacob's Dream" (recto); Study for the painting "Jacob's Dream" (verso)
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:recto: red chalk on cream laid paper, verso: brown ink on cream laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sheet: 9 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.; 24.765 x 37.465 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1996.23
Credit Line:Purchased with the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Endowment, the Diane Allen Nixon, class of 1957, Fund, and the Josephine A. Stein, class of 1927, Fund in honor of the class of 1927
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

young man sleeping with head back, mouth open, proper left leg bend, proper left arm bent over waist on both sides of paper

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Suzanne Folds McCullagh, class of 1973, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Cigoli was a prolific and expressive draftsman who brought a new naturalism and clarity to his vast corpus of drawings, many of which were preparatory for paintings and espoused Counter Reformation decorum and piety.

This double-sided drawing is comprised of red chalk (recto) and pen and brown ink (verso) studies for The Dream of Jacob, one of his early masterpieces—probably the 1593 version (the painting pictured here) now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy.

Discovered mounted in a book in 1996 at an antiquarian book sale in Northampton, the sheet joins an impressive list of at least nine studies for that composition, which Cigoli executed several times in oil. The red chalk study is clearly drawn from a studio model in contemporary dress.

men; costume; religion; Judaism; Christianity

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