Unknown artist (Italian)
'Studies of Cherubs for Ceiling Decoration'
Museum no. CAI 1050
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
This sheet of lively sketches was previously attributed to Poussin's friend François Duquesnoy, a Flemish sculptor who worked in Rome and carved a series of reliefs of children. These studies appear to have been made in preparation for a painted ceiling which included flying cherubs. The unidentified artist evidently drew from life, inventing various different airborne poses for his infant model.