BOLTRAFFIO, Giovanni Antonio
(b. ca. 1467, Milano, d. 1516, Milano)

Study of Drapery

Metalpoint and brown wash on blue prepared paper, 251 x 187 mm
Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

Boltraffio's drawings in the 1490s are demonstrations of a pure Leonardesque idiom. This silverpoint drawing was executed in the exacting technique that Leonardo had imported from Florence. It is preparatory for an early painting of the Virgin and Child (Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan).