Study for St. Mary Magdalen
  • Study for St. Mary Magdalen

    TitleStudy for St. Mary Magdalen
  • Technique/ MaterialBlack and white chalk on blue paper
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 32,8 x 24 cm
    Passepartout: (h x b) 55 x 42 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 58 x 45 x 3
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Federico Barocci, Italian, born 1526, dead 1612
  • CategoryDrawings, Free-hand drawings, Studies
  • ClassificationDrawing
  • Geographical originItalien
  • Inventory No.NMH 401/1863
  • AcquisitionÖvertagande 1866 från Kongl. Museum
  • Description
    Images and media

    Inscribed on the mount at lower left in pen and brown ink: Dessein pour le Tableau que le Baroche fit pour Luques qui est chés le Grand Duc. Numbered at lower right in pen and brown ink: 339 (Sparre) and 2 (struck out)

    Study for a painting, "Noli me tangere", in the collection of Viscount Allendale, Bywell Hall, according to Bellori executed for a member of the Buonvisi family for a church in Lucca. There exists another, somewhat different, version in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, dated by Olsen to the early 1590s.

    Tessin acquired this drawing together with a study, now lost, for the entire composition which he gave to the Crown Princess Louise Ulrique as a Christmans gift in 1748. It has not been possible to trace this drawing later.

    This is a more or less final study for St. Mary Magdalen. A number of preparatory studies for the figure exist: a nude study and a study of her left arm in Berlin, a nude study in Düsseldorf, and a large study in Oxford. Further, a fragment of the cartoon with the upper part of the figure is in a private collection in Oslo [Bjurström, It. Drawings, cat. no. 418]