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Old Master Drawings 17th-18th c. Italian

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Hercules (?) with a Distaff (recto), and The Assumption of the Virgin (verso)

17th century
29.2 cm x 22.1 cm (11 1/2 in. x 8 11/16 in.)

Giulio Benso (Pieve di Teco, Italy, 1592 – 1668, Pieve di Teco, Italy) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash (recto)
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2004
Accession Number: 2004.161

Long after other Genoese artists had turned from Cambiaso's style, Benso adhered to its principles. His monumental fresco decoration is exceptionally systematic in organization and rigorous in perspective. And his drawings insist upon extreme stylization and exaggerated calligraphy. With its underlying geometry, ornamental line, and broad wash, this sheet is characteristic.

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