Studies of the Arrest of Christ
19.9 cm x 27.4 cm (7 13/16 in. x 10 13/16 in.)
(Siena, 1568 - 1613)
Medium and Support:
Black chalk with brown pen and ink and traces of white chalk
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Salimbeni’s later drawing, Studies for the Arrest of Christ, is a conflagration of violence, set in motion by Judas’ kiss. The strokes of the chalk are light and rapid, giving the figures an attenuated elegance and the action a visceral energy.