(Lille 1762 - Rome 1834)
A Sculpture of a Draped Woman, after the Antique
Signed Wicar del and numbered or dated 17- [cut-off] at the lower right.
Inscribed Albâtre, Femme Drapée, and albâtre in the lower margin.
Faintly inscribed in pencil in the lower margin.
280 x 125 mm. (11 x 4 7/8 in.)
In both style and content, the present sheet greatly resembles the refined and highly detailed chalk drawings that Wicar executed for 'La Galerie de Florence'. The sculpture here depicted is likely one of Urania, the muse of astronomy. The gestures of the figure, one hand upturned holding a sphere and the other pointed down, are closely aligned with those of traditional depictions of Urania.