40. Lorenzo Sabatini

Bologna circa 1530 – 1576 Rome

The Virgin and Child

The first outline in black chalk, which is still visible beneath the red chalk, allowed Sabatini to compose his drawing, which he then heightened with wash and white bodycolour. He took great care in the creation of this Virgin and Child, squaring it for transfer to another support. The ultimate purpose of this study is not known, but Mary’s very elongated figure, as well as her elegance and the sense of serenity she emits are echoed in a number of paintings by this Mannerist artist from Bologna. The evident affection between the mother and her child is expressed with restraint. Their hands, held at the level of the Virgin’s chest, seem on the verge of touching without quite doing so.