About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    A Boy with Upraised Hands: Study for the Young Spectator in the 'Martyrdom of St Lawrence'
  • date created:
    late 1550s
  • materials:
    Black chalk on paper, cut and laid down
  • measurements:
    17.40 x 20.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    William Finlay Watson Bequest 1881
  • accession number:
    D 2893
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
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Battista Franco

Battista Franco