Study for a Satyr or Faun,
Annibale Carracci, Attributed to
red chalk on laid paper
20.2 x 25.2 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4437)
This study, presumably of a satyr, has been linked to a figure frescoed on the vault of the Palazzo Farnese in Rome - one of the crucial monuments for the development of the Baroque style. Recently, the attribution to Annibale has been questioned, in favour of his older cousin Ludovico Carracci. Such disputes over the attribution of Carracci drawings are the norm rather than the exception in this difficult area of connoisseurship. In either case, the drawing demonstrates the importance that the naturalistic study of the nude had for their innovative practise.