Attributed to Simon Vouet


Born into a family of Parisian painters, Vouet spent his early career in Rome working for aristocratic and ecclesiastical patrons. Although he was involved in many painting commissions during those years, few drawings seem to have survived; Kneeling angel may be one of his rare Roman sheets. The robust yet elegant angel is characteristic of Vouet’s early style, with its combination of black and white chalk and the careful description of light and shadow on the drapery folds. The study relates to a chapel vault decoration, featuring musical angels, that the artist painted in the Roman church of San Lorenzo in Lucina.

Attributed to Simon Vouet
French, 1590–1649
Kneeling angel, 1623–24
Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on blue paper, squared in red chalk
Richard and Mary L. Gray, promised gift to the Morgan Library & Museum
Gray Collection Trust, Art Institute of Chicago
Photography by Jamie Stukenberg, Professional Graphics Inc.