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Vicente Carducho and his older brother, Bartolomé, left their native Florence and moved to Spain in 1585 to work at the Escorial, Philip II's unique complex north of Madrid comprising a palace, monastery, seminary, basilica, and royal tomb. Trained in the Florentine academic tradition, Carducho was a prolific painter and draughtsman. In 1633 he published an academic treatise, " Diálogos de la pintura ", an erudite defence of painting as a liberal art (the work of learned humanists, not artisans). The men depicted here are most likely studies of secondary figures for a larger composition that has not been identified.
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Materialsblack chalk with brown wash on laid paper
21.4 x 28.7 cm