Drawing Lost in Spanish Civil War

Drawing of a woman supported by small children with wings being crowned by two men.

This stunning pen and wash drawing of the Coronation of the Virgin signed by the seventeenth-century Spanish master Francisco Herrera the Younger (called "el Mozo") was part of a valuable collection of drawings housed in the Real Instituto de Jovellanos in Gijón, Spain, that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. This rare photograph is one of the few surviving documents of this dynamic composition, which may have been an early "draft" of an altarpiece submitted for a patron's approval.


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