Few drawings exist from the mid-1400s in Italy, and most that have are figure and drapery studies from artist's model books. So this sheet is extremely important as one of the few known compositional studies by a major artist from this period. Stylistic comparison to other drawings by Lippi and the fact that it relates to a fresco painting by him of the same subject confirms its authenticity.

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  • Title: The Funeral of Saint Stephen
  • Creator: Filippo Lippi (Italian, c. 1406-1469)
  • Date Created: c. 1460
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 24.9 x 19.3 cm (9 13/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 24.9 x 19.3 cm (9 13/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1947.70
  • Medium: pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash with traces of stylus over traces of black chalk
  • Inscriptions: verso of secondary support, center, in brown ink: Pordonone Fece
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italy, Florence, 15th century
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: DR - Italian
  • Accession Number: 1947.70

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