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Drawing - Design for grotesque ornament

Design for grotesque ornament

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    mid 16th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink over black chalk

  • Museum number:

    E.4474-1920

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 287

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

mid 16th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink over black chalk

Dimensions

Length: 203 mm, Width: 158 mm

Descriptive line

Drawing, Design for grotesque ornament: a mask (with an alternative mask above) flanked by a pair of naked boy among scrollf of acanthus; verso: design for a sauce-boat or other dish, in the top right corner a medallion containing a bearded man's head in profile, Lombardy, mid 16th century.

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

Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings Volume I. 14th-16th century, London, 1979, p. 213.

The text is as follows:

LOMBARDY: mid 16th century

466

Recto Design for grotesque ornament: a mask (with an alternative mask above) flanked by a pair of naked boys among scrolls of acanthus
Pen and ink over black chalk Size of sheet
8 x 61 (203 x 158) E.4474-1920

Verso Design for a sauce-boat or other dish. In the top right hand corner a medallion containing a bearded man's head in profile faintly sketched in black chalk
Pen and ink over black chalk

PROVENANCE Grahl (Lugt 1199); Benno Geiger (sale, Sotheby, 7 and 9 December 1920, lot no. 297; bought by the Museum)

LITERATURE Planiscig and Voss, no. 15 and pl. 15

Planiscig and Voss thought that the drawing was by the same hand as a somewhat similar sheet in the Albertina (Albertina Catalogue, 6, no. 403, pI. 89); and the Albertina drawing, traditionally ascribed to Credi, was attributed to Cesare da Sesto by Meder, who believed it to be by the same hand as the sketchbook in the Pierpont Morgan Library which Fairfax Murray published as by Cesare (Fairfax Murray, Two Lombard sketch Books, London, 1910). But our drawing is by a different hand. It is drawn with the left hand, whereas the other drawings are right-handed. Moreover, the anatomy of the kneeling man on the verso is defective and reveals characteristics that cannot be found in the other drawings. The handling of the pen recalls Girolamo da Carpi, and the drawing is probably by an artist who imitated his style. As Pouncey has pointed out (orally), there are two drawings (verso and recto) in the Pierpont Morgan Library by the same hand (vol. I, 34A and 34B). The recto represents a man holding a scallop shell on his shoulder, with two other sketches. The verso shows designs for acanthus scrolls, with a male nude, very similar to the recto of our drawing. These are left-handed drawings too.

Materials

Pen and ink; Black chalk

Techniques

Drawing

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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