Aureliano Milani (Bologne 1675 - Bologne 1749)

The Death of Saint Francis, after Annibale Carracci

Black chalk, with stumping, heightened with touches of white.
254 x 183 mm. (10 x 7 1/4 in.)


The delicate handling of stumped black chalk in this drawing is typical of Aureliano Milani’s draughtsmanship. The composition is based on a lost painting by Annibale Carracci of The Death of Saint Francis of c.1597-1598, which is unrecorded in early sources but is known through a reproductive print by Gérard Audran, published in 1664. (A drawing by Annibale Carracci for the figure of Saint Francis, in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, serves to confirm his authorship of the composition.) Given Milani’s close study of the Carracci in his youth, it may be presumed that this drawing dates from the early part of his career, when he was working in Bologna.

A stylistically comparable, albeit larger, drawing by Milani of Christ Appearing to Saint Pellegrino Laziosi is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 19 April 1994, lot 97
P. & D. Colnaghi, London
Private collection.

Aureliano MILANI

The Death of Saint Francis, after Annibale Carracci


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