About this artwork

This drawing was previously considered severely rubbed and thought to have been strengthened by a later hand. The slightly unusual appearance of the handling in fact results from clarifications that were made by Farinati himself. While his original brush and wash drawing was still damp, he reinforced the contours using either black chalk or charcoal. This resulted in the heavily outlined and brightly highlighted figures seen here.

  • title:
    The Virgin and Child
  • accession number:
    D 749
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  • materials:
    Black chalk and brown wash, heightened with white on blue paper
  • date created:
    1560 - 1580
  • measurements:
    23.70 x 43.50 cm
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910

Paolo Farinati

Paolo Farinati