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Drawing - The Worship of the Virgin
  • The Worship of the Virgin
    Vasari, Giorgio, born 1511 - died 1574
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The Worship of the Virgin

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. mid 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vasari, Giorgio, born 1511 - died 1574 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and bistre

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.167

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 17

Physical description

The Worship of the Virgin; The Virgin Mary is crowned on earth by angels, Death and Time sacrifice to her. She appears again in heaven, surrounded by the righteous, and the Saviour in a halo of glory by her side; Pen and bistre.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, drawn)

Date

ca. mid 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Vasari, Giorgio, born 1511 - died 1574 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and bistre

Dimensions

Height: 15.7 in, Width: 9.7 in

Descriptive line

Vasari, Giorgio; The Worship of the Virgin; The Virgin Mary is crowned on earth by angels, Death and Time sacrifice to her ; she appears again in heaven, surrounded by the righteous, and the Saviour in a halo of glory by her side; Pen and bistre; Italian; ca. mid 16th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings Volume I. 14th-16th century, London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1979, p. 186.

The text is as follows:

school of
VASARI, GIORGIO

409

Recto The Last Judgment
Inscribed in the top right-hand corner ‘Motto/Canta chiesa Trionfante si riveste/ Natura con le stagiono/ Cherunini sinistra avocati/ S. Zanobe S. Antonio S. [blank] Morte Infermita fede dolori’ and in the corresponding left-hand corner ‘Destra Serfini/S…? dan/S. Cosime S. Damiane/ S. Giovangualberto/Virtu Speranza/com passato e presente’
Inscribed also in the bottom right-hand corner ‘Primo’
Pen and ink
15 7/8 x 9 7/8 (403 x 257) Dyce 167

Verso Rough sketches of a woman’s bust etc in an Enlgish 18th century hand

PROVENANCE Dyce Bequest 1869

LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 167 (as by Vasari)

Copied from a segment of the some of Florence Cathedral or from a design by Vasari. It corresponds with the fresco above the tribune. The painting was begun by Vasari in 1572, and was interrupted by his death in 1574. Federico Zuccaro completed it between 1576 and 1579. The drawing is not characteristic os either artis, nor is the handwriting in the inscriptions. The drawing was probably copied or compiled from designs and notes in Vasari’s studio by a pupil. Teo phrases which occur in the inscription, viz. ‘Chiesa Trionfante (che) si riveste’ and ‘Dolore, Morte, Infermita’, are taken verbatim from a memorandum on the project which Vasari sumitted to Prince Francesco, the Grand Duke Cosimo’s son (published by C. Guasi, La Cupola di S. Maria del Fiore, Florence, 1857, p. 141)

Materials

Pen; Bistre

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Angels; Woman; Halo

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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