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The Adoration of the Shepherds; three shepherds at l. kneeling before the Christ Child lying on the ground, the Virgin kneeling at right and cattle in the stalls behind, within a patterned arch
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk, squared for transfer
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Height: 329 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 59, II, pl. LIX:
In the MS. catalogue of the Resta Collection, described as a study by Pintoricchio for his 'Nativity' in S. Maria del Popolo, Rome. The Virgin and Child and S. Joseph are literally copied from Perugino, who repeated the composition at least three times: in frescoes in the Cambio at Perugia about 1500 (Walter Bombe, 'Perugino', K. der K. 1914, 112) ; in S. Francesco al Monte (K. der K. 125), and at Montefalco about 1518 (K. der K. 158). The decoration of the frame in this last painting, which we take to be original, is the same as in the drawing. The connection with the fresco by Pintoricchio in S. Maria del Popolo, noted by Resta, is much less close, but Pintoricchio derives his Madonna from that of Perugino. The squaring of the principal figures, those which repeat Perugino's, is perhaps to be explained by the fact that the draughtsman was reducing from a larger drawing.
The drawing certainly shows Sienese characteristics and the type of the Madonna's face, for example, is close to that of Fungai's National Gallery 'Madonna with two saints' (no. 2764). The composition may also be compared with that of his 'Nativity' in the Metropolitan Museum, in which the Virgin kneels before a similar, partly ruined column. So Peruginesque a drawing may have been made at about the same period as the altar-piece of 1512 in the Siena Pinacoteca (no. 431) in which the pose of the Infant Christ is borrowed from Perugino.
Alessandro Angelini suggested on a visit to P&D in October 2007 that this might be by Fungai's pupil, Giacomo Pacchiarotti (1474-1539/40).
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- Inscribed with Resta no: "g.124"
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