Pen and brown ink and graphite on antique laid paper (recto), black chalk on antique laid paper (verso)
Sheet: 16.1 x 22.4 cm (6 5/16 x 8 13/16 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.251
This drawing was probably Carpeaux’s first version of the subject. In later sketches, he greatly reduced the number of figures in the composition.
This drawing was likely created during time that Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux spent in Rome, where he studied the work of Renaissance masters. Carpeaux was particularly influenced by Michelangelo, especially the Italian sculptor’s compositions featuring twisted bodies and stacked forms. This drawing is one of several that were created in preparation for a painting—which was never completed—of Charon, responsible for ferrying deceased souls to the world of the dead.
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