Saint Michael and the Damned Souls
27.6 cm x 21.3 cm (10 7/8 in. x 8 3/8 in.)
(Moneglia, Italy, 1527 - 1585, El Escorial, Spain)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over traces of red chalk
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Again in collaboration, Bergamasco and Cambiaso created a grand cycle of the Last Judgment in the apse of Santissima Annunziata di Portoria. This drawing is one of several preliminary ideas for the canvas of The Damned. It is an early in-stance of the singularly systematic and reductive style, often called “cubic”, that characterizes Cambiaso’s later compositional studies.