Hercules (?) with a Distaff (recto), and The Assumption of the Virgin (verso)
29.2 cm x 22.1 cm (11 1/2 in. x 8 11/16 in.)
(Pieve di Teco, Italy, 1592 – 1668, Pieve di Teco, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash (recto)
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2004
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.