Recent acquisitions by the Metropolitan Museum : Italian drawings


3/2/11 – Acquisitions – New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired a considerable number of drawings over the past few years, and it would be almost impossible to cover the subject in an exhaustive manner. We will post an acquisition database in the next few months with the goal of eventually listing all of the acquisitions in drawings, paintings and sculptures for museums since 2001, and where we will also include all those not mentioned in an article.
In the meantime, we would like to present some important Italian drawings which have joined the Metropolitan Museum since 2008.

15th century :

1. Circle of Stefano da Verona (1374/75-c. 1438)
Two Heavily Bearded Men
Pen and brown ink - 14.1 x 12.4 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Christie’s



 ? Circle of Stefano da Verona , Two Heavily Bearded Men (ill. 1). This sheet was acquired from Katrin Bellinger who had purchased it at auction at Christie’s London on 3 July 2007.

16th century :

2. Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530)
Study for the Head of Julius Caesar, c. 1520-1521
Red Chalk - 21.5 x 18.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Andrea del Sarto, Study for the Head of Julius Caesar (ill. 2). Sold by the Koller Gallery to a private collector, David M. Tobey, as being from the Florentine school, this red chalk drawing was donated to the Metropolitan Museum where it has now been attributed to Andrea del Sarto.

3. Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1499-c. 1543)
The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant John the Baptist
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown
and grayish brown wash over black chalk
with white heightening - 17.7 x 22.8 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Polidoro da Caravaggio, The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant John the Baptist (ill. 3). This drawing with a prestigious provenance (Crozat, Mariette…) was bequeathed to the Met in 2008 by Joseph F. McCrindle.

4. Paolo Farinati (1524-1606)
A Man Resting on a Staff
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash,
with white heightening over traces of black chalk - 38.9 x 16.8 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Paolo Farinati, A Man Resting on a Staff (ill. 4). Like the previous one, this drawing was bequeathed by Joseph F. McCrindle in 2008.

5. Circle of Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540)
Diana and Hecate
Pen and brown ink - 25 x 20 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Lempertz



 ? Circle of Rosso Fiorentino, Diana and Hecate (ill. 5). This sheet was acquired from the Katrin Bellinger Gallery which had purchased it at the Lempertz Gallery in Cologne on 16 May 2009 as “attributed to Primatice”.

6. Giambologna (1529-1608)
Study for a Sculpture of Neptune
Black chalk - 41.5 x 19.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Giambologna, Study for a Sculpture of Neptune (ill. 6). Giambologna’s drawings are rare. This one was rejected by Charles Avery in the catalogue for the exhibition highlighting the sculptor in 1978 [1]. It was acquired at Sotheby’s New York (for 7,500) where it was sold as only “attributed” to Giambologna. The Metropolitan Museum now lists it as an acknowledged work.

7. Attributed to Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli
(c. 1505-c. 1570)
A Putto Seated on a Frame, c.1538-1540
Pen and brown ink, brush and
brown wash, highlighted with white gouache,
over traces of leadpoint or black chalk - 12 x 6.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Attributed to Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli, A Putto Seated on a Frame (ill. 7). This drawing was donated to the museum by Philippe and Edith de Montebello. Let us remember that Philippe de Montebello was formerly the Director of the Metropolitan Museum.

8. Girolamo Macchietti (c. 1535-1592)
Standing Saint John the Baptist with The Lamb, c. 1575-1576
Red chalk, highlighted with white chalk,
on ochre washed paper - 28.7 x 12.4 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Girolamo Macchietti, Standing Saint John the Baptist with The Lamb (ill. 8). This red-chalk drawing was donated to the Metropolitan Museum by Eric Turquin in 2008.

9. Andrea Schiavone (c. 1510-1563)
Two Seated Male Figures Within Spandrels
Pen and brown ink,
brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache,
reworked with red chalk, on paper
washed pale mauve - 24.8 x 16.7 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum

10. Workshop of Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-1566)
The Sea Battle in the Gulf of Morbihan
Brush and red wash, highlighted
with white gouache, over black chalk, and
some compass construction - 30.5 x 43 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum


 ? Andrea Schiavone, Two Seated Male Figures Within Spandrels (ill. 9).

 ? Workshop of Taddeo Zuccaro, The Sea Battle in the Gulf of Morbihan (ill. 10).

11. Jacopo Bassano (1515-1592)
Noli me Tangere
Brush and brown wash, highlighted
with white gouache, over traces of black chalk,
on faded pale brown-blue paper - 31 x 22 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum

12. Battista Franco, called Il Semolei (1510-1561)
Design for the Decoration of the Semi-Dome
of a Church Apse
, c. 1545-1555
Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash,
over black chalk and ruling in black chalk - 50.4 x 33.6 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum


 ? Attributed to Jacopo Bassano, Noli Me Tangere (ill. 11).

 ? Battista Franco, known as Il Semolei, Design for the Decoration of the Semi-Dome of a Church Apse (ill. 12). These four drawings were donated to the museum by Katrin Bellinger in 2008.

17th century :

13. Bartolommeo Schedoni (1578-1615)
Head of a Bearded Man, Looking up to the Right, 1604-1605 ?
Black chalk and white chalk, on blue paper - 46.3 x 24 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of New York
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Bartolomeo Schedoni, Head of a Bearded Man, Looking up to the Right (ill. 13). After remaining unsold at Christie’s New York on 28 January 2009, this sheet was acquired directly from the auction house by the Metropolitan Museum. There are few known drawings by Schedoni. This one might date back to 1604-1605 when the artist was still in Modena, his home town, where he worked for the Este court [2].

14. Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (1606-1680)
Landscape with a Pedimented Temple
and Two Figures

Pen and brown ink - 31.5 x 21.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Landscape with a Pedimented Temple and Two Figures (ill. 14). This landscape by Grimaldi was part of a lot of six drawings acquired for only $2.750 including charges at Christie’s New York on 30 January 2009 ; it was considered at that time as being in the “Manner of Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi”.

15. Agostino Tassi (c. 1580-1644)
The Goddess Diana with Her Hounds
Standing in a Landscape

Pen and brown ink,
brush and brown wash - 22.8 x 16.6 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Agostino Tassi, The Goddess Diana with Her Hounds Standing in a Landscape (ill. 15). This drawing was donated to the museum by Katrin Bellinger in 2008.

16. Giovanni Luigi Valesio (1583-1633)
Amphion Building
the Walls of Thebes

Pen and brown ink - 24.2 x 18.2 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Giovanni Luigi Valesio, Amphion Building the Walls of Thebes (ill. 16). This drawing by the Bolognese artist, Valesio, a student of Ludovico Carracci, was bequeathed to the museum in 2008 by John F. McCrindle.

17. Salvator Rosa (1615-1673)
Studies for Standing and
Seated Figures

Pen and brown ink, brush with gray
and brown wash, over leadpoint
or graphite - 21.7 x 35.6 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Salvator Rosa, Studies for Standing and Seated Figures (ill. 17). This drawing was donated to the Metropolitan Museum by Katrin Bellinger in 2008.

18. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
Caricature of a Man Pointing
Pen and brown ink - 12.9 x 10.4 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caricature of a Man Pointing (ill. 18). This work by Bernini was acquired by Katrin Bellinger in 2008 after an auction at Christie’s London on 3 July 2007.

19. Carlo Maratta (1625-1713)
Putto
Red chalk - 17.8 x 12.8 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Carlo Maratta, Putto (ill. 19). This drawing was donated, like the Mazzola Bedoli, by the former museum director, Philippe de Montebello.

18th Century :

20. Lorenzo Tiepolo (1736-1776)
Bust-Length Study of a Man Wearing a
Hat in Three-Quarter View (a Frankish Nobleman)

Red and white chalk, some black chalk,
on gray-blue paper - 33.5 x 21.2 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Lorenzo Tiepolo, Bust-Length Study of a Man Wearing a Hat in Three-Quarter View (a Frankish Nobleman) (ill. 20). This drawing by the son of Giambattista and the brother of Gian Domenico, was donated to the Metropolitan Museum by Katrin Bellinger.

21. Antonio Zucchi (1726-1796)
Artist Among Ruins
Pen and brown ink,
brush and brown wash, highlighted
with white gouache - 30.5 x 23 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Antonio Zucchi, Artist Among Ruins (ill. 21). A student of Fontebasso and d’Amigoni, this Venetian painter who came from a family of engravers was also married to Angelica Kauffman. This drawing was purchased in 2008 from the de Bayser Gallery.

22. Giuseppe Bernardino Bison (1762-1844)
Venetian Capriccio : Landscape with a Farm Building,
Sarcophagus, and Fountain (recto) ; Monument (verso)

Pen and light brown ink, brush
and gray wash (recto) ; soft black chalk, or graphite, or leadpoint (verso). - 16.9 x 24 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum



 ? Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, Venetian Capriccio : Landscape with a Farm Building, Sarcophagus, and Fountain (recto) ; Monument (verso) (ill. 22). Morrie and Fenella Heckscher donated this drawing to the museum in 2009.

23. Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Study for a Tomb, c. 1790/91-95
Graphite - 18.6 x 25.6 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum

Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Study of a Nude Man in Profile turned to the Right, c. 1790/91-95
Pen and brown ink over graphite - 48.6 x 32.8 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
Photo : Metropolitan Museum


 ? Antonio Canova, Study for a Tomb (ill. 23) and Study of a Nude Man in Profile Turned to the Right (ill. 24). Both of these drawings by Canova were acquired from the Katrin Bellinger Gallery by the Metropolitan Museum in 2008.


Didier Rykner, jeudi 3 février 2011


Notes

[1] Giambologna 1529-1608, Sculptor to the Medici, Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Museum, 1978-79, p. 203, n° 202.

[2] According to the auction catalogue.



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