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Study for the Doctor and drapery study for the kneeling Virgin 
in 'The Circumcision' (verso)
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Study for the Doctor and drapery study for the kneeling Virgin in 'The Circumcision' (verso)

1580s

Federico Barocci (1528 - 1612)

Height: 33.5 cm; Width: 23 cm;

Inscription
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Edward Habich (L.862)
Inscription
Inscription, Barroccio
Inscription, F. Baroccio
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Carl Wiesböck (L.2576) / 854 //
Manuscript in ink, upper left corner & verso, Lugt 2576, C. Wiesböck / 854
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)
Inscription, 43
Collector's mark, collector's mark of P. von Baldinger-Seidenberg (L.212)
Inscription, stamped, ink, lower right & verso:
collector's mark of Edward Habich, Lugt 862

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.2329

About this work
This is one of six drawings for the figure of the attendant in Barocci’s Circumcision of Christ, commissioned for the altar of the Church of the Name of Jesus in Pesaro. The man bends forward to circumcise the infant Christ, who is securely held on the lap of the High Priest. The drawing conveys the intense concentration and devotion of the circumciser, who is the formal and emotional intermediary between the viewer and the Child. The figure is executed with three coloured chalks, a new technique that became highly popular among draughtsmen. (Permanent collection label)



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