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Saint with Drapery

Anonymous (Circle of Bramante)

Saint with Drapery, 16th Century

Sanguine (Red Conté Crayon) and Iron Gall Ink on Paper


This drawing, Saint with Drapery, is most likely from the school of Donato Bramante, an Italian Renaissance architect, painter, and engineer. Although it is uncertain who actually created this work, its style is reminiscent of other works by Bramante. Although few of his architectural designs were ever realized, Bramante is considered one of the fathers of High Renaissance architecture. His early career was marked by numerous frescoes, often for noble patrons. These frescoes, while architectural in nature, incorporated allegorical figures, much like Saint with Drapery, into the spaces. It was ultimately a series of projects initiated towards the end of his life in Rome which made Bramante famous. He drew up plans for an extension to the Vatican Palace as well as plans to rebuild St. Peter’s, although neither plan came to fruition. Bramante’s vision in these designs is considered a significant inspiration for future High Renaissance architecture, providing a new sense of dignity and majesty. 

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The sketch is mounted overall to repair splits and small losses. The paper was trimmed from larger size. Previous treatment and handling has resulted in smeared, thinned, abraded, and “sunk” media. There is a very pale grid pattern visible that may be embossed or scored. There are many small splits and losses. The splits and losses have been inpainted and over-painted with red chalk or conté crayon.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Remove backing paper.
  • Clean surface and remove accretion and, if possible, remove over-painted chalk.
  • Reduce adhesive.
  • Mend/reinforce.
  • Insert losses with cellulose powder.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • Inpaint.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $1,200.00