The Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris exhibits its most beautiful 16th century Florentine drawings

Giovanni Antonio
Sogliani (1492-1544)
Angel playing
the lute

Black shalck,
heightened whith white -
24.8 x 14.8 cm
Paris, ENSBA
Photo : ENSBA

24/2/09 – Exhibition – Paris, Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts – Michelangelo, Pontormo and Salviati, the new exhibition at the Cabinet Jean Bonna at the Ecole des beaux-arts is exceptional. The public has wisely understood this as reflected by the long lines in this usually quiet place.
Although the sheets on display are for the most part very well-known and often published, there are still some which represent new discoveries. Three drawings which until now had been attributed respectively to Andrea del Sarto, Giovanni Battista Naldini and Fra Bartolomeo are acknowledged as being by only one artist, Giovanni Antonio Sogliani (cat. 6, 7 – ill. 1 – and 8). Three other sheets are unpublished : an Academy of a Nude Male attributed to the circle of Baccio Bandinelli (cat. 10), a Study of Kairos after Francesco Salviati by Alessandro Allori (cat. 26) and a Virgin of Mercy by an anonymous hand (cat. 29).

The Cabinet Jean Bonna has been refurbished, allowing for the presentation of a greater number of drawings. This avoids a second hang which meant visitors had to return a second time in order to see the complete exhibition. The small catalogue, a dense work, is well documented and remarkably illustrated. However, we regret that the bibliography is referred to in the notes (which are included at the end of the work), not very practical, and that the authors of the new attributions are not generally specified (except for cat. 26, attributed to Alessandro Allori by Catherine Monbeig-Goguel and Philippe Costamagna).

The exhibition takes place from the 12 february to the 30 april 2009 and after at the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio.

local/cache-vignettes/L115xH174/Couverture_Dessins_Florence-37c02.jpgEmmanuel Brugerolles (ed.), Le dessin à Florence au temps de Michel-Ange, Carnets d’études 13, Editions Beaux-arts de Paris, 2009, 160 p., 22 €. ISBN : 978-2-84056-294-8.

Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, 14, rue Bonaparte, 75006, Paris. Phone : 33 (0)1 47 03 50 00. Free Entrance, from Monday to Friday, from 13.00 - 17. 00 (Closed Saturdays and Sundays).

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Didier Rykner, mardi 24 février 2009

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