Baldassare Franceschini, called Il Volterrano
Volterra 1611-1690 Florence
Three studies of the same hand resting on the edge of a bowl

PROVENANCE: Drawings by Baldassare Franceschini, called Il Volterrano; Sothebys London, 3 July 1980, lot 87 (part).

Private collection, England.

Red chalk, watermark crowned head in a circle

266 x 206 mm. (10 x 8 1/8 in.)

Volterannos first teacher was Matteo Rosselli, however he was very influenced by the illusionistic fresco work painted by Cortona in the Palazzo Pitti. Volterrano knew of the work of Caravaggio, as a result of trips to Parma, Bologna and Venice (in 1640, 1652 and 1662 respectively). These were financed by the Grand Duke. Volterrano worked on frescoes in numerous palazzos including the Palazzi Niccolini, Capponi and della Gherardesca.