A garzone grinding pigments

Drawing
1530s (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This drawing shows an everyday scene that the artist would have seen in his own workshop. Like most successful artists at this time he employed a number of assistants to help with the preparatory work involved in producing a painting. In this instance the assistant is grinding mineral pigments which will be mixed with oil to make paint.


object details
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Object Type
Brief Description
Parmigianino, (Francesco Mazzola) (1503-40)

A painter's "garzone" grinding pigments on the lid of a chest

Dalton Bequest
Physical Description
Drawing.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.9cm
  • Width: 15.5cm
Gallery Label
Parmigianino 1503-1540 A painter's Assistant Grinding Pigments on the Lid of a Chest Probably 1530s The Italian artist Parmigianino was a superb draughtsman. This drawing was one of over two hundred left to the V&A by Miss Emily Dalton of Leicester for the use of art students. The copying of old master drawings was a traditional part of an artist's training. Red chalk on paper Bequeathed by Emily Dalton 1900 Museum no. D.989-1900
Credit line
Dalton Bequest
Historical context
The drawing shows a painter’s assistant (garzone) grinding pigments: it was the first stage of the artistic training within the workshop practice. Mr Popham dated this drawing in Parmigianino’s latest phase and compared the tightly curled hair with a drawing of a head of a youth at Chatsworth.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This drawing shows an everyday scene that the artist would have seen in his own workshop. Like most successful artists at this time he employed a number of assistants to help with the preparatory work involved in producing a painting. In this instance the assistant is grinding mineral pigments which will be mixed with oil to make paint.
Bibliographic Reference
Giles Waterfield, ed. The Artist's Studio London: Hogarth Arts, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-9554063-3-1.
Collection
Accession Number
D.989-1900

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