Bouguereau after Inconnu
A preparatory drawing for the putto depicted in l'Apollon et les Muses (1869) a decoration for the ceiling of the Salon Gérard Boireau, Grand Theatre de Bordeaux.
Based upon the face stylization, the pose, and the indicated staff, I am certain the drawing is after an Italian Renaissance image of the Infant Saint John the Baptist. The first names that come to my mind …Raffaello …Mantegna. I just don't know. Would someone please identify the source‽
the drawing will be auctioned at Christie's
DESSINS ANCIENS ET DU XIXE SIÈCLE
10 April 2013