Annibale Carracci
Attributed to

Study for a Satyr or Faun

unknown
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 practice.
Artist
Attributed to
Title
Study for a Satyr or Faun
Date
unknown
Medium
Drawing
Materials
red chalk on laid paper
Dimensions
20.2 x 25.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1937
Accession number
4437

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