A PEN and ink study of the Deposition of Christ by the Italian 17th-century artist Ferrau Fenzoni is among the highlights of a sale of European Old Master drawings in London on Monday.
The drawing, painted on brown paper and highlighted in white chalk, was a preparatory study for an altarpiece showing the Deposition in Fenzoni's own sepulchral chapel in the Church of St Cecilia, Faenza. The chapel has since been destroyed. but the
altarpiece survives in the Faenza Gallery of Art. Bids of up to £30,000 are expected.
The auction at Sotheby's also includes a stunning red chalk panorama of Jerusalem, drawn by the French painter Phillippe de Champaigne. The drawing, the artist's only known landscape, is a study for his Christ on the Cross, given to the Carthusian monastery in Paris in 1674. It is thought likely to fetch about f 175,000.