Saint Agnes Holding a Lamb with a Putto
15.45 cm x 22 cm (6 1/16 in. x 8 11/16 in.)
(Cavalese (Italy), 1742 - 1797, Vienna)
Medium and Support:
Red chalk on cream antique laid paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Alessandra and Kurt Dolnier in honor of Jonathan Bober's twentieth anniversary as Curator of Prints and Drawings, 2007
This sheet, a second drawingin the Blanton's collection, and two more drawings in the Albertina, Vienna, are all slightly varying studies for the same composition. While no corresponding project has been identified, this meticulous graphic process is characteristic of the artist. Moreover, the very sweet types and gentle tenor of the subject recall that during a long period in Rome (1770-76), Unterberger specialized in copying Old Masters and in imitating Correggio with particular success.