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Jacopo Ligozzi (1547 - 1627)

Pen and ink (gold), watercolour on paper (stained a dark brown-red)

Width: 37.5 cm; Height: 48 cm;

Inscription, stamped, ink, verso:
collector's mark of R.A.P. Davison, Lugt 654b
Marked, verso, Howard Collection

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Born and trained in Verona in a family workshop of painters, Ligozzi moved to Florence in 1577. This highly finished Annunciation is a splendid example of his drawing technique characterised by the preciousness and fastidious detail of manuscript illuminations: the gold heightening depicts the fall of celestial light from the Holy Spirit, throwing into chiaroscuro the windswept robes and curving wings of the angel, as well as the Virgin’s gesture of surprise and greeting. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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