About this artwork
This monumental drawing shows Denys Calvaert’s nearly final conception for an altarpiece. The artist made a few intriguing changes before completing the painting. He replaced a child in the lower left of the drawing with an older saint figure, covered the Christ Child’s genitalia, and shifted Saint Francis’s head toward the center of the composition.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Denys Calvaert
- Saint Francis of Assisi Adoring the Virgin and Child
- Black chalk on blue laid paper
- Inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: "101"; lower left, in graphite: "D.6924/2"
- 521 × 312 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection