Paolo Veronese

pen and ink drawing of religious figure carrying cross, drawing repeated twice

Paolo Veronese (1528–88)
Studies for Christ Carrying the Cross
c. 1571
Pen and gray-brown ink and wash
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Princes Gate Bequest, 1978

Many of Veronese's drawings are in pen and ink and were made to assist the artist in developing his compositions. This example is related to a painting of Christ carrying the Cross and records two ideas for the central scene of Christ and his tormentors. Figures and compositions almost merge into one another, conveying a sense of the excitement and speed with which the artist worked.

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