A Boy with Upraised Hands: Study for the Young Spectator in the 'Martyrdom of St Lawrence'
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A Boy with Upraised Hands: Study for the Young Spectator in the 'Martyrdom of St Lawrence' late 1550s
Franco made this study of a boy in preparation for a print showing the Martyrdom of St Lawrence. The only known impression of the print is in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Here, Franco used black chalk to achieve the soft modelling of the boy’s face and to articulate the subtle interchange of light and shade on the folds of his tunic. This is consistent with other drawings that he produced in Venice towards the end of his career.

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Martyrdom

Death due to a person's adherence to a religious faith. It is also used to describe prolonged or extreme suffering of any kind.

Martyrdom

Details

  • Acc. No. D 2893
  • Medium Black chalk on paper, cut and laid down
  • Size 17.40 x 20.50 cm
  • Credit William Findlay Watson Bequest 1881