CRESPI, Giovanni Battista
(b. ca. 1575, Cerano, d. 1632, Milano)

St Carlo Borromeo

Pen, brush and brown ink, white heightening over black chalk, on brown paper, 462 x 269 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This imposing drawing is a study for the San Carlone in Arona, a colossal statue of St Carlo Borromeo commissioned by his cousin and champion, Cardinal Federico Borromeo. Beset by a sequence of interruptions the statue was finally cast and erected at the end of the seventeenth century.