Virgin Carrying the Christ Child
28.58 cm x 17.78 cm (11 1/4 in. x 7 in.)
Giovanni Battista Paggi
(Genoa, 1554 - 1627)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
The iconography and composition of this drawing are obviously related to those of Luca Cambiaso. The artist, however, has little of Cambiaso's sense of structure, rather a preference for decorative flourish. These tendencies and the telltale abbreviation of the figures' eyes indicate that it is a very early drawing by Paggi.