Attributed to ASTOLFO PETRAZZI
(Siena 1580 - Siena 1653)
A Figure Kneeling Before a Man Seated on a Throne (The Ordination of a Monk?)
176 x 127 mm. (6 7/8 x 5 in.)
The essential characteristics of Petrazzi’s draughtsmanship were established in a pioneering article published by the scholar Philip Pouncey in 1971, when he grouped a number of previously anonymous drawings under the name of the artist, on the basis of a drawing of The Martyrdom of a Saint, signed ‘Astolfo Petrucci Sanese’, in the Albertina in Vienna. Only a few of the artist’s extant drawings, however, can be related to finished paintings or frescoes. Among the relatively small corpus of drawings by Petrazzi are sheets in the Louvre, the British Museum, Christ Church in Oxford, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and elsewhere.
Private collection, London.