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Drawing, Design for Sculpture: Angel Blowing Serpentine Horn

This is a Drawing. It was created by Léonard Chailleat. We acquired it in 1938. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on white laid paper, laid down. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Léonard Chailleau was a French sculptor active in central Italy, where he was known as Leonardo Scaglia, or simply il Francese (“the French”). Known as a skilled woodcarver, he produced work for numerous church interiors in the Marche and Umbria regions. This fluid sketch of an angel blowing into a serpentine horn was likely a preliminary design for a sculpture as part of an ecclesiastic commission. Angels and putti feature prominently in Chailleau’s extant work.

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Drawing, Design for Sculpture: Angel Blowing Serpentine Horn; Léonard Chailleat (Italian, active 1640 - 1650); France; pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on white laid paper, laid down; 1938-88-2213

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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