Study After an Antique Base Relief

Study After an Antique Base Relief

Study After an Antique Base Relief
Probably Antonio Domenico Gabbiani (1652-1726)
Italy
Late 17th century
Red chalk on laid paper
Width 23.3 cm x height 37.4 cm
Museum no. 8675b

From late in the 15th century artists excitedly attended excavations in their search for newly-discovered antique sculptures as models of excellence. This drawing of a damaged relief would have been a routine exercise for a 17th century painter such as Gabbiani during his attendance at the Florentine Academy in Rome.