A Female Saint Contemplating a Crucifix

Pen and brown ink with light brown wash, heightened with white bodycolor, over red chalk | 29.2 x 21cm | c. 1745

Attributed to Giovanni Antonio Guardi

This heavily draped figure may be Saint Mary Magdalene or a monastic saint. An energetic tangle of line represents a crucifix floating above her, surrounded by angels. In the lower left lies one of her attributes, a skull, representing penitence and ...
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