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Child seen from behind, standing between his mother's knees
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Child seen from behind, standing between his mother's knees

Circa 1625

Guercino (1591 - 1666)

Chalk (red), stump on paper

Height: 30.1 cm; Width: 21.1 cm;

Inscription
Graphite, bottom left corner, recto, 4

Acquisition
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.1327

About this work
The Bolognese artist Guercino was dubbed the ‘Rembrandt of the south’ for his precocious talent as a draughtsman. This unusually intimate image of motherly care demonstrates his masterly use of red chalk. It draws much of its quality from the contrast between the delicately modelled body of the infant, whose soft skin is rendered by the smudging and stumping of the chalk, and the freely but precisely sketched folds of the mother’s sheltering garments and hand. (Permanent collection label)



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