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Pellegrino Tibaldi (Puria di Valsolda 1527–1596 Milan)
Two Seated Barbarian Captives
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and white gouache, over black chalk
10 7/8 x 15 9/16 inches (274 x 395mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; I, 37
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This magnificent drawing is a partial study for a mural that no longer exists but once decorated a courtyard off the vicolo Savelli, near the Chiesa Nuova, in Rome. A print recording the complete design includes, above a door, a seated figure resting beside two shields, in a pose very similar to that of the barbarian seen here at the right. Enveloped in generous folds of heavy drapery and finely modeled with chalk hatching, the figures are captured in the sculptural, voluminous style inspired by Michelangelo and transmitted through the example of Daniele da Volterra.

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