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Design for an Altarpiece
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Design for an Altarpiece

Attributed to Gaspar Becerra (ca.1520-ca.1570)

Pen and brown ink and wash over traces of black chalk and ruled stylus lines, with subsequent additions in charcoal.

Height: 25.7 cm; Width: 38.8 cm;

Manuscript in ink and charcoal, within image & recto, Numerous original inscriptions identifying the subjects for various compartments of the altarpiece, "nuestra señorade habito' [our lady of the habit] (central comp

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This elaborate design for an altarpiece by the influential painter, sculptor, and architect Gaspar Becerra is typical of a large-scale commission received by a workshop in sixteenth-century Spain. As the sheet was trimmed at the top, the structure, yet unidentified, was even larger. Both painted and sculpted components are included within the architectural framework, their iconography being indicated by inscriptions such as “Saint Francis of Padua” (left), “our lady of the habit” (centre), and “the supper” (right predella panel). (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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