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Andrea del Sarto, Studies of Children

c. 1520

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

In this animated chalk drawing del Sarto brainstorms a range of ideas for the pose of a naturalistic-looking youth. The repeated pointing gesture suggests that he was intended as a model for the young John the Baptist, often identified by this action indicating that he had recognized and borne witness to Christ. Here del Sarto experiments with the different ways this gesture could be articulated while remaining recognizable.

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