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Attributed to Guercino (Cento 1591-Bologna 1666)

St Luke painting the Virgin and Child c. 1650

Black chalk, stumped and washed over, and red chalk | 23.5 x 33.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 902728

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The Saint is shown seated on a low chair, about to begin painting his miraculous image of the Virgin and Child, which is outlined on a panel before him. His symbol of an ox looks on. Guercino executed the drawing in a sophisticated combination of red and black chalks, and it was presumably made as a finished work of art. The staining and woodworm holes show that it was framed and hung at an early date.