The Descent of the Holy Spirit

WAG 1995.361


A large group of at least 18 figures crowd around a centrally-seated woman (the Virgin Mary), whose arms are crossed in front of her. Almost all the crowd, including the Virgin, look upwards to the heavens denoted by faintly drawn clouds, apart from one kneeling figure on the right who looks towards the Virgin. Drawn in red chalk over most of the crowd is a grid of squares intended to help with the enlargement of the composition. In black ink in the lower right corner is inscribed Del Muziano and a collector's stamp of the Spencer famiily (an S with a vertical line through it)