Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine, a Bishop Saint, and a Donor
18.5 cm x 16.1 cm (7 5/16 in. x 6 5/16 in.)
(Cremona, Italy, 1504-1505 – 1546, Cremona, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown and gray washes over black chalk
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation, 1994
Boccaccino was the leading figure of a progressive school of painting at Cremona. An early work, this drawing was a preparatory study for an altarpiece that has not been identified. Its synthetic style incorporates the elegant rhythms and calligraphic line of Parmigianino’s pen drawings.