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Daniele Crespi, Christ among the doctors


DANIELE CRESPI (Busto Arsizio or Milan c. 1598 – Milan 1630) CHRIST AMONG THE DOCTORS (1629-1630)
Pen, brown ink, washed in brown, heightened with white, squared in red chalk. 282 x 258 mm.
The drawing, unpublished, is preparatory for the fresco of same subject at the Certosa in Pavia. We know another drawing, for the same cycle of frescoes, which is strictly comparable for its technique to our sheet. That drawing, originally in the collection of Maria Christina queen of Sweden, is now at the Nationalmuseum Stockholm (inv. NMH 1086/1863).
REFERENCE: Nancy Ward Neilson, Daniele Crespi, Soncino (CR), 1996; for the Stockholm drawing see pag. 224, 82B, and cat. no. D 26, pag. 84.

One of the main figures of the Seicento Lombardo, Daniele Crespi is now regarded as a breaking point of the Lombard Mannerism toward of an early baroque style, distinguished by clarity of form and content. A style in some way influenced by the Carracci researches for an artistic renewal, founded on a naturalism which emphasizes the humanity of subjects and the clarity of the scenes. Daniele's training as a painter is not well documented. One of his first teachers was Giuseppe Vermiglio; he next studied with Cerano and Giulio Cesare Procaccini. In his short life he was mainly active as a painter of religious subjects but he was also known as a sensitive portraitist.


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