Andrea Boscoli

Study for the Design of an Altar

c. 1600
This work features in Andrea Boscoli's oeuvre as part of a select number of drawings with wooden frame designs for altars. The sheet partly focuses on the technical aspect of the frame's execution, as it illustrates a partial lateral view of the altar (right) with particular attention to profile and depth. The lively detail of the allegorical figures' dangling feet and the dynamic interplay of three differently patterned sections of the pilaster are reminders of the vibrant and original style of Boscoli, who counts among the foremost artists working in the Marche region of north-eastern Italy at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Although the design has not yet been associated with a completed altar, an inscription on a related sheet suggests it was meant to house the depiction of a single saint.
Study for the Design of an Altar
c. 1600
pen and brown ink with brown wash over black chalk on laid paper
38 x 27.2 cm
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Purchased 2001
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