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St Christopher carrying Christ; whole-length, turned slightly to left, part of a tree to right
Black chalk, heightened with white, pricked for transfer
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Height: 364 millimetres
Width: 226 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Acquired as school of Titian.
Ascribed to Pordenone by Morelli, the attribution to the Lombard painter and sculptor Civerchio was suggested by Andrea De Marchi who suggests that it dates from the end of the second decade of the 16th century. The attribution is based on stylistic comparisons with the artist's paintings.
Lit.: G. Morelli (writing under pseudonym I. Lermolieff), 'Kunstkritische Studien über Italienische Malerei. Die Galerie Borghese und Doria Panfili in Rom', Leipzig, 1890, p. 400 (as Pordenone); D. Hadeln, 'Venezianische Zeichnungen der Hochrenaissance', Berlin, 1925, p. 35 (as Pordenone); A.G.B. Russell, 'The Venetian Draughtsmen', 'The Burlington Magazine', XLVIII, 1926, p. 212 (rejects Pordenone attribution); G. Fiocco, 'Giovanni Antonio Pordenone', Udine, 1939, pp. 105, 154, pl. 9 (as Pordenone); A. E. Popham, 'A handbook to the drawings and water-colours in the Department of Prints and Drawings', London, 1939, p. 44 (as Pordenone); H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'The Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries', New York, 1944, no. A 1328, p. 238 (rejects Pordenone attribution); C. Furlan, 'Aspetti del disegno in Tiziano e Pordenone' in 'Tiziano e Venezia, Atti del convegno internazionale di studi (1976), Vicenza, 1980, p. 427 (as Pordenone); C. Furlan, 'I disegni di Pordenone', "Arte Veneta", XXXIV, 1980, p. 236 (as Pordenone); C.E. Cohen, 'The Drawings of Giovanni Antonio da Pordenone', Florence, 1980, p. 134 (rejects Pordenone attribution); C. Furlan, 'Il Pordenone', Milan, 1988, p. 346, no. DA29, p. 346; A. De Marchi, 'Zenale e Civerchio', "Nuovi Studi", 4, 1989, pp. 136, 141 (with further literature), fig. 175; G. Agosti, in exhib. cat., Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, 'Disegni del Rinascimento in Valpadana', 2001, p. 44, n. 133.
This drawing was issued as a coloured facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Drawings by Old Masters in the British Museum', Part II, Published by the Trustees, in 1891 where it was number XII and described there as 'Attributed to Bernadino Licinio ("Il Pordenone"), Sketch for a Picture of St Christopher.'
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