Pierre Charles Trémolières (Cholet 1703 – 1739 Paris): Study of a Draped Female Figure after Pietro da Cortona
Black chalk, white chalk
302 x 158 mm, 117/8x 6¼in., curved shape
verso:Study of a Draped Female Figure turned to the Left after Pietro da Cortona
counterproof in black chalk
Numbered and inscribed in pen and brown ink on the recto lower right: N°5 / Tremoliere
Inscribed and numbered in pen and brown ink on the verso higher right: tremoliere 10?
Johan Conrad Spengler, Denmark (L. 1434)
B. Wolff, Denmark (L. 420)
As a burgeoning artist, Trémolières studied the antiques and masters of the Renaissance. Our drawing is an example of this; here the artist has copied a female figure from the painting Cesar placing Cleopatra on the throne of Egypt by Pietro da Cortona(Louvre Museum, Paris). The verso drawing is a counterproof of a study made from another female figure in the painting. Our drawing was most certainly executed in Paris, as Cortona’s painting was at the Hôtel de la Vrillière at the beginning of the 18thcentury. The intensity of the hatchings and its monumental aspect are close to other known studies by the artist executed in Rome, after the antiques and paintings of the Renaissance masters.