SIRANI, Elisabetta
(b. 1638, Bologna, d. 1665, Bologna)

Study for the Baptism of Christ

c. 1658
Pencil, ink, and brown wash over black chalk on paper, 258 x 370 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

Elisabetta Sirani received her first significant public commission in 1657 for a large-scale painting depicting the Baptism of Christ for the church of San Girolamo della Certosa in Bologna. The present study is one of the preliminary drawings for the larger painting.




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