Baldassare Franceschini, called Il Volterrano
Volterra 1611-1690 Florence
Two Studies for the Sacrifice of Isaac

PROVENANCE: Drawings by Baldassare Franceschini, called Il Volterrano; Sothebys London, 3 July 1980, lot 68.

Private collection, England.

Inscribed on the recto in black chalk

Black chalk, verso a letter in pen and brown ink by Volteranno

195 x 255 mm. (7 x 10 in.)

According to the 1980 sale catalogue Volterrano frequently used the backs of letters for his drawings, and other examples are in the 1980 sale catalogue, the Uffizzi and elsewhere.

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.