CAMPI, Antonio
(b. 1523, Cremona, d. 1587, Cremona)

Studies of an Old Woman's Face and a Leg

c. 1569
Pencil and traces of white chalk, 265 x 200 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The strength of Antonio Campi's work derives from the immediacy of his images - those passages of unpretentious, unvarnished realism that he carefully created by means of life studies. This sheet in the Uffizi, for example, includes drawings of the wrinkled, hollow face of an old woman and a leg with a patched stocking, both of them models for works painted by the artist.