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A nude man, standing almost to front, his right arm raised, looking down
Metalpoint, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on orange-brown prepared paper
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Height: 211 millimetres
Width: 95 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This was catalogued as Raffaellino del Garbo in the 1860 Woodburn sale. Karl Parker suggested, on the basis of the inscription, that this and other drawings attributed by Berenson should be given to Agnolo di Donnino (1466-after 1503), an artist described by Vasari as having been a friend of Cosimo Rosselli and who 'wasted his time' in making drawings rather than painting (G. Vasari, 'Le vite de'più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettetori nella redazioni di 1550 e 1568', R. Bettarini ed. with annotations P. Barocchi, Florence, 1966-87, III, p. 447). Berenson pointed out (Text pp. 343ff.) that the inscriptions post-date Vasari and may well have been added by a connoisseur familiar with the passage in the 'Lives'. Ragghianti Collobi disagrees to the extent that she thinks that one of the inscriptions on a drawing in the Uffizi (36F; Berenson 969 C as Granacci) is in Vasari's hand. Whether the BM inscription is a later record of an earlier attribution to Agnolo (by Vasari ?) cannot be determined. New information on Agnolo is supplied in Rizzo's 1988 article, less convincing is the claim that the uneven group of drawings ascribed to him are the work of a single artist.
Lit.: B. Berenson, 'Drawings of the Florentine Painters', Chicago, 1938, II, no. 845 (as Davide Ghirlandaio); K.T. Parker, "Old Master Drawings", 1928/9, p. 58, pl. 50 (as Agnolo di Donnino); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 147, II, pl. CXXXIII; L. Ragghianti Collobi, Il Libro de'Disegni del Vasari', Florence, 1974, I, p. 74 (as Agnolo di Donnino); A.P. Rizzo, 'Agnolo di Donnino', "Rivista d'Arte", XL, IV, 1988, p.142, fig.11 (as Agnolo di Donnino); C. Monbeig Goguel, 'A propos des dessins du "Maître de la Femme', in E. Cropper (ed.), 'Florentine Drawings at the Time of Lorenzo the Magnificent, papers from a colloquium held at the Villa Spelman, Florence, 1992', Bologna, 1994, p. 128
Popham & Pouncey 1950
Ascribed in the Woodburn Sale Catalogue to Raffaellino del Garbo. Parker has suggested, on the basis of the inscription, that this and other drawings attributed by Berenson to Davide Ghirlandaio should be given to Agnolo di Donnino, said by Vasari (iii, p. 190) to have been one of Cosimo Rosselli's friends who "wasted his time" in making drawings instead of getting on with paintings. Berenson, however ('Text', pp. 343 ff.), observes that the inscription, of later date (perhaps as late as the seventeenth century), was probably written on the drawing by a connoisseur familiar with the passage in Vasari. Agnolo's name is inscribed on several other drawings in the group. It seems to us that Berenson is right in not adopting Parker's suggestion.
Literature: BB 845; K. T. Parker, O.M.D., iii (1928/9), p. 58, pl. 50
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