CAMPI, Vincenzo
(b. ca. 1530, Cremona, d. 1591, Cremona)

Study of a Woman

Black chalk, 203 x 298 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Among Vincenzo Campi's most engaging paintings in a naturalistic vein are the scenes dealing broadly with the theme of food - vendors of fruit, fish, and fowl, culinary preparations, and peasants eating. Only two drawings from the artist's small graphic corpus of some eighteen sheets have been associated with these genre paintings, one of them is this study of a woman. Both drawings are squared for transfer and executed in black chalk with broad, rough strokes, as are almost all the other known drawings by the artist. Although no exact correspondence exists with any of his paintings, the subject of this drawing closely resembles the seated woman in the Fruit Seller.