Allegory of Imperial Liberality Toward Education
11.9 cm x 13 cm (4 11/16 in. x 5 1/8 in.)
Circle of Giulio Campi
(Cremona, Italy, circa 1508 – 1573)
Medium and Support:
Pen and two brown inks with brush and brown wash and white heightening on beige antique laid paper, laid down
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1988
From its subject and the probable date of its style, this drawing is apparently connected to the ephemeral decorations that welcomed the visit of Emperor Charles V to Cremona in 1541. Much more than his painting, Parmigianino’s draftsmanship was a touchstone for Giulio Campi.