18th Century Venetian Copyist: Mounted Donkey

Study of Staffage Figures – A Mounted Donkey with a Man

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Identification & Creation

Catalogue Number:
38

Artist:
18th Century Venetian Copyist

Title:
Study for Staffage Figures – A Mounted Donkey with a Man on Foot

Work Type:
Drawing

Date:
18th Century

Culture:
Italian

Physical Description

Medium:
Gray ink and sanguine washes on tan prepared laid paper

Dimensions:
4 1/4 in. h X 6 1/8 in. w

Inscriptions & Annotations:
Mount inscribed Benefial: Italian / Figures (graphite)

Verso:
Verso annotated 5 / 116 / Benefial 1684-1764 (graphite)

Watermarks:
None

Condition:
Generally clean, intact, and stable

Acquisition & Rights

Credit Line:
Cornell College, Gift of Robert Sonnenschein II

Accession Year:
1951

Object Number:
1951.38

Description

Commentary:
Staffage figures are usually minor figures included in a landscape painting to provide a human context to the scene. They have been attributed to this context because of their small size and general orientation away from the viewer, as if they are continuing on a journey. These drawings were formerly attributed to Marco Benefial, but upon further research, that attribution doesn’t seem as accurate.