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The Creation of Eve; God reaching down and raising the nude figure of Eve, seen from behind, Adam reclining in the foreground
Red chalk, touched with white (discoloured)
- Production date
- 1518-1524 (circa)
Height: 168 millimetres
Width: 101 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Watermark: a bird within a double circle.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', New Haven and London, 1971, I, no. 163, pl. 21; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, no. 481 (where dated 1524-6)
The attribution to Parmigianino goes back at least to the period of Ottley. Freedberg, who saw in the composition a dependence on Rosso's fresco in S. Maria della Pace in Rome, places the drawing in Parmigianino's Roman period. The dependence on Rosso seems to me by no means obvious, and in my opinion the style points to an earlier dating. I have already suggested that there may be some connection with the monochrome frescoes of the 'Temptation of Eve' and the 'Expulsion from Paradise' on the 'sottarco' of the sixth chapel on the l.-hand side in S. Giovanni Evangelista (Quintavalle, pl. 7) ; and though I now believe that these frescoes, like the altar-piece of the chapel, are by Anselmi, it seems to me probable that Parmigianino may have had some hand in the decoration. There is certainly some connection between a drawing by Parmigianino at Chatsworth (785; Popham, 'Parmigianino', pl. vii) and the group of 'Prudence and Temperance' on the 'sottarco'.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 196; Freedberg, p. 65; Emilian Drawings, no. 17; Popham, Parmigianino, pl. vi.
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