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Drawing - A Sacrifice to Ceres
  • A Sacrifice to Ceres
    Ligorio, Pirro, born 1498 - died 1578
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A Sacrifice to Ceres

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1534-1569 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ligorio, Pirro, born 1498 - died 1578 (artist)
    da Caravaggio, Polidoro (formerly attributed to)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and wash heightened with white on faded blue paper

  • Museum number:

    8643G

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 266

Physical description

Drawing study for a worship of Ceres.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)

Date

1534-1569 (made)

Artist/maker

Ligorio, Pirro, born 1498 - died 1578 (artist)
da Caravaggio, Polidoro (formerly attributed to)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and wash heightened with white on faded blue paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink in an old hand 'di mano di Polidoro da lo Anticho'

Dimensions

Height: 403 mm, Width: 276 mm

Object history note

Provenance: Given by Miss Georgiana Lornlin 1880

Descriptive line

Drawing, A Sacrifice to Ceres, by Pirro Ligorio, Italian School, pen and wash, 16th century

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

Ward Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings. Volume One: 14th - 16th century, London, 1979, cat. 186, p. 84-85, illus.

The following is the full text of the entry:

LIGORIO, PIRRO
(c. 1500 – 1583)

186
A sacrifice to Ceres
Inscribed in ink in an old hand ‘di mano di Polidoro da lo Anticho’
Pen and wash heightened with white on faded blue paper
15 7/8 x 10 7/8 (403 x 276) 8643G
PROVENANCE Given by Miss Georgiana Lornlin 1880
LITERATURE Gere, Zuccaro, p. 54, n. 1; the same, ‘Early drawings by Pirro Ligorio’ in Master Drawings, 9, 1971, pp. 244 and 249, pl. 17a.

Formerly ascribed to Polidoro Caldara. Pouncey suggested Ligorio many years ago. Gere endorses the attribution and includes the drawings in a group of drawings made during Ligorio's Roman phase (about 1534-69), when he was under the influence of Polidoro, to whom many of these early drawings were subsequently ascribed, like ours. The facial types, as Gere states, are characteristic of Ligorio, particularly in the case of the little acolyte on the left.

Materials

Pen and wash; White pigment; Blue paper

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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