July 16, 2017
Andrea del Sarto, Female Saint with Book and Crucifix, 16th century, ink, 7 9/16 x 4 11/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.
Florentine native, Andrea del Sarto, was an Italian painter of the Renaissance who was born on this day in 1486. Del Sarto was one of Florence’s leading artists, and he worked mainly in the High Renaissance and Mannerist styles. Andrea del Sarto had an extremely influential studio where he trained several other important Italian artists. He was known for his patient methods of creating several preparatory drawings before producing a final product. This perfectionism became a pattern that many other artists adopted.
This drawing, Female Saint With Book And Crucifix, appears to be one of del Sarto’s many figure studies or preparatory drawings that he was known for. This inked work would not have been a presentable finished product, but rather it would have been a practice study.