Giovanni de Vecchi

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Giovanni de Vecchi
(1536-1615)

A Scene from Ancient History, early 1590s

Inscribed on old mount, at lower center, in pen and brown ink, Camillo Procaccini.

9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches (235 x 155 mm)

Joseph F. McCrindle collection, Morgan Library & Museum, 2009

2009.330
Item description: 

The subject of the drawing remains a puzzle: two children, observed by an elegant woman, appear before a seated ruler. They peer into an object, possibly a helmet, while a man at right studies a slip of paper. Are these two child martyrs selecting a name by taking an inscribed piece of paper out of a helmet? This drawing is executed in the artist's typical free handling, in which his favored violet wash wraps the subject in veils of color.