A Draped Figure Holding a Book

Unknown maker, North or Central Italian Schoolabout 1380

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

To model this figure in space, the unknown artist used the green ground as the middle tone while liberally applying opaque white bodycolor for the highlights and drawing in the shadows and outlines with ink. The sheet appears to be tinted with a mixture of blue, possibly indigo, and green. The green may be the earth pigment terra verde,frequently used as a ground for drawings and paintings in the 1300s, probably because it was widely available.

The drawing's subject matter and purpose are uncertain, but it may be one in a series of allegorical representations of saints. It could have been a study or a student's copy after another artist's drawing.

This drawing was discovered around 1653 among a group of drawings in Perugia, Italy.


  • Title: A Draped Figure Holding a Book
  • Creator: Unknown maker, North or Central Italian School
  • Date: about 1380
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.4 x 11.3 cm (7 5/8 x 4 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Point of the brush, heightened with white gouache, on greenish blue prepared paper
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 94.GA.42
  • Markings: Markings: Marked on mount, lower right, in brown ink, with the collection mark of William Esdaile and the collection mark "J.B.".
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed (recto) on drawing in black ink, "i.6."; lower center of mount in gray ink, "Gionta Pisano" (by Jonathan Richardson Senior); lower left corner in brown ink, "42 x 3 - 1816 Roscoe" and "f1 1210 - furior 10 Cimabue"; and at right edge, in graphite, (?) "the back". Inscribed (verso) on mount, in brown ink, "A. 59. / T33 / Giunta Pisano, Nom. incognito al Vasario. Pittore Anteriore / a Cimabù. / furono trovati gti Disegni di Maniera Gre- / canica de tempi Bassi del Principio del Secolo duodecimo in un resposliglio / d'una casa che fù di Pietro Perugino pervenuta circa l'anno 1653.nelli / P.P. del'Orio di S. Filippo di Perugia assiem. d'altri Disegni tra quali / uno di Pietro della Francesca / P. Resta / K.", "J.B.", "7 1/2 x 4 1/4", "Formerly in the coll. of Padre Resta. Richardson Penol J Barnard.", "1816 WE. Roscoe coll. P d1 N 42 x", "Vide Lanzi 1-8 Lanzi commence Lui Serui of the Florentine school with the master, who was prior to Cimabue.", in gray ink, "GHP", and "pend" in brown ink.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings

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