DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Study of the Christ Child

Pen drawing, 172 x 215 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Dürer's pen drawing of a Christ Child is based on a design by the Florentine painter Lorenzo di Credi, which the latter made use of in several works, and it may have been used as a preliminary study for his Virgin and Child (Magnani Collection, Mamiano near Parma). Although the body posture and gestures differ, the types of faces of the two Infant Christs in the painting and drawing are comparable.