Alessandro CASOLANI (Mensano 1552 - Siena 1607)
Study of an Angel
Figure studies of a striding angel and a fragment of a Pietà drawn in red chalk on the verso.
156 x 99 mm. (6 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
The study of an angel on the recto of the present sheet does not seem to be related to any surviving painting by Alessandro Casolani. The two studies of an angel on the verso, however, are preparatory studies for the angel Gabriel in Casolani’s small lunette painting of The Annunciation of 1597, formerly in the church of San Giovanni Battista in Corsano and today in the Museo d’Arte Sacra Val d’Arbia in Buonconvento. A compositional study for the painting is in the Uffizi, while a black chalk study for the angel is in the Biblioteca Comunale in Siena.
Stylistically comparable drawings by Casolani include a red chalk study of an angel and a drawing of four playing putti, both in the Louvre, as well as a sheet of studies of two angels and the heads of three women in the Uffizi.
A similar study of a Pietà is found on a red chalk sheet of studies of Christ and a Pietà with angels, which was with Colnaghi in 1989.
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