(b. 1449, Firenze, d. 1494, Firenze)

Study of garments

c. 1491
Brush drawing on paper, 290 x 130 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

In this outstanding drawing, Ghirlandaio prepared Mary's cloak for the panel painting of the Visitation which is now in the Louvre, Paris. The forward leaning stance of the Virgin is clearly visible under her cloak. The rear contour of the figure is drawn well rounded in a large curve. The head and hands were omitted and probably drawn on a separate sheet of paper.