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Study of Two Arms and a Hand

Study of Two Arms and a Hand

Carlo Caliari (in circa 1585-1596)

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Title Study of Two Arms and a Hand
Material and technique Black and red chalk, heightened with white
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 297 mm
Width 180 mm
Artists : Carlo Caliari
Draughtsman: Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte)
Draughtsman: Anoniem
Accession number I 480 (PK)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1940
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1585-1596
Watermark [poorly visible] (? in the centre, on P3 of 6P, vH)
Inscriptions 'Giorgione' (below left, pencil), '20 m' (verso, below left, pencil), '3' (verso, above left, pencil)
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Mark F.W. Koenigs (L.1023a)
Provenance Francesco Calzolari, Verona; Count Lodovico Moscardo, Verona; sold by his descendants to Luigi Grassi in 1905; Art dealer Luigi Grassi (1858-1937, L.1171b), Florence; Frits Lugt, Maartensdijk, bought on 20.10.1929, sold to Koenigs; Franz W. Koenigs (1881-1941, L.1023a), Haarlem, acquired in 1930 (Venetian, 16th century); D.G. van Beuningen (1877-1955), Rotterdam, acquired with the Koenigs Collection in 1940 and donated to Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Research Show research Italian Drawings 1400-1600
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Entry catalogue Italian Drawings 1400-1600

Author: Klazina Botke

As a result of the inscription, this study of the two right arms and a left hand holding a stick was considered to be a work by Giorgione (1473/1474-1510). In 1967, Alessandro Ballarin attributed this sheet to Jacopo Bassano (1510/1515-1592) on the basis, among other things, of a comparison with drawings in the sketchbook of Palma il Giovane’ (1548/1550-1628) in the Academia Carrara in Bergamo.[1] By way of comparison, Ballarin also referred to a further study by him in Amsterdam.[2] The sculpted bodies in the drawings in Bergamo are more indicative of the drawing style of Tintoretto (1518-1594), although there is clear congruence in some respects with the sheet in Amsterdam, which is currently attributed to Carlo Caliari, the youngest son of Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). At the end of the 1580s Caliari worked for a time in the workshop of the Bassano family and, like Jacopo, he frequently used three colours of chalk in his drawings.[3] We see in comparable studies by him in Paris and Rotterdam (I 54) that Caliari produced his drawings in black chalk, after which he highlighted some parts in white and red to convincingly suggest flesh tones.[4] By way of contrast to Caliari, Jacopo Bassano often made much more generous use of red chalk to portray skin.[5] The subtle indications in our sheet are consistent with this technique. The hatching, on the other hand, is much finer than, for example, that in the study in Paris and one in Ottawa.[6]


[1] Comment on old mount: ‘A. Ballarin (1967): Compare drawing nr. 60:84 in the print room of the Rijksmuseum, many similar drawings in the sketchbook by Palma il Giovane at the Academia Carrara in Bergamo and in the catalogue of the Skippe sale in London: all attributed to Bassano’.

[2] Rijksmuseum, inv. RP-T-1960-84.

[3] McCarthy 2021, p. 93.

[4] Fondation Custodia, inv. 7217.

[5] McCarthy 2021, p. 99.

[6] National Gallery of Canada, inv. 4557.

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