Studies for The Flight into Egypt
Joseph, the elder Heintz (1564-1609)
Black, red and (traces of) white chalk on laid paper
Height: 26.9 cm; Width: 21.2 cm;
Inscription, stamped, ink, lower right hand corner & recto:
mark of A G B Russell, Lugt 2770a
Pen and brown ink, lower right & recto, Barocci
Inscription, stamped, ink, lower right & recto:
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
This fluently drawn study is a vibrant example of the draughtsmanship of Swiss-born Joseph Heintz. One of the leading artists at the Court of Emperor Rudolph II in Prague, he also spent many years in Italy, principally in Rome and Venice. Depicting the Holy Family fleeing from persecution, this drawing is clearly inspired by Tintoretto’s compositions, some of which Heintz copied in Venice. The mix of red and black chalk, used here to great colouristic effect, is also characteristic of Italian art around 1600.
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