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Italian Peasants at a Shrine
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Italian Peasants at a Shrine

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Description In this drawing from early in the artist's career, which may or may not have a textual source, the Romantic Vernet is in full evidence. An Italian brigand kneels at the feet of his beloved, clasping her hand to his heart, as they stand before an altar that one easily imagines to house a weathered sculpture of the Madonna. The nomadic renegade, who lives to defy a corrupt government and uphold universal principles of good, has momentarily laid aside his arms. He declares his virtuous intentions, and the lovers appeal to the Madonna for her blessing. Executed with a fluid use of pen and ink and texturizing areas of wash, the drawing is anecdotally transparent, with all the picturesque details of dress prescribed by contemporary literary convention.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; repaired; mounted; other
  • French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • Italian Vistas: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992-1993.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1870 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Lower right recto, in iron gall ink: Rome, 1829, HV; [Numbers] Upper right verso, with illegible mark, in graphite: 63, 42; [Number] Center verso, faintly in graphite: 30; [Signed] Lower right verso, in graphite: Horace Vernet
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1870 (?)

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watercolor heightened with gum, over graphite underdrawing with details in iron gall ink on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
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H: 7 1/2 x W: 5 5/8 in. (19 x 14.3 cm)
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Not On View


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