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Italian Baroque Period Drawing of the Head of John The Baptist



This very fine drawing from the early Baroque period is in Sanguine on laid paper. this Italian drawing in a rich brown-red is framed in a fine old gilded frame and has a beautiful old french matte. The image of the head of John the Baptist after his beheading is full of drama and impact. Rendered as if from life with the hand of the artist true and sharp giving us an image almost three dimensional in nature showing much detail & strength but without any unnecessary gore or blood. Though a strong religious image well understood by any Italian or Roman Catholic of the period the drawing simply shows the portrait of an elder statesman and leader up close with power and life still present even at the moment of the allegorical story's climax. This drawing was once part of the estate of Renzo Mongiardino. Condition Disclosure: While we do our best to carefully inspect and give a full report on the condition of any item we sell, pointing out any repairs or alterations that may have been done to the best of our knowledge, as is the case with any antique and vintage item, there is a possibility that at some point in the life of the piece that there may have been damaged which has been professionally repaired and as such a repair undetectable, it is therefore impossible for us to disclose... we recommend that you also read and agree to the 1st dibs user agreement, particularly sections 9,13,15,18,19 and 27


  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Width: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Baroque (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1700
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. While the frame and matte are old they have lovely and appropriate wear and rub thrus to add to the drawings looks and style.
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: 14071081131146

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    US$110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Hudson, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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