Giuseppe Nicola Nasini

The Assumption of the Virgin

c. 1690
Although the site for this design has not been identified, the outline of the arch that surrounds it suggests it was part of a fresco for a cupola in a Gothic church. A small diagram of an octagonal cupola featured on the verso of the sheet seems to record the space for which it could have been designated. Contrary to the previous drawing, here the artist playfully challenges the boundaries of its intended shape by having the arms of the Virgin extend past the margins. As a painter of illusionistic frescoes working in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, Nasini would have aimed to render his figurative ornamentation as naturally as possible.
Title
The Assumption of the Virgin
Date
c. 1690
Medium
Drawing
Materials
black chalk with brown and grey wash, heightened with white, on grey laid paper
Dimensions
39.5 x 23.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Gift of Sidney and Gladye Bregman, Toronto, 2003
Accession number
41347r