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A man seated to right; looking down, right foot tucked under left leg, left hand on knee
Red chalk, on two sheets conjoined
Verso: Part of a seated figure with putto
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Height: 315 millimetres
Width: 188 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Watermark: a ragged staff (cf. Briquet 1006-7).
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Correggio's Drawings', London, 1957, p. 169; A.G. Quintavalle, 'Michelangelo Anselmi', Parma, 1960, p. 119; A.E. Popham, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, artists working in Parma', London, 1967, no. 25, pp. 16-17, pls 17-18
As Pontormo in the Spencer Sale of 1811, and described as "attributed to Pontormo" on entering the Museum in 1870. This attribution was rightly rejected by Clapp. The drawing is a type of study, and represents a type of model, which it would be natural to connect with Florence and the circle of Andrea del Sarto; but the authorship of Anselmi is established beyond doubt by comparison with the drawing at Windsor referred to under T,12.33 (compare especially the treatment of the profile in shadow). The different shades of chalk, an effect perhaps obtained by smudging are also characteristic of Anselmi, and the watermark of a ragged staff likewise occurs in the Windsor sheet.
The indication of an arch above the recto figure suggests that this may be a study for a lunette. The fragmentary drawing on the verso is of a figure in the same attitude but with drapery over the knees.
Literature: F. M. Clapp, Les Dessins de Pontormo, Paris, 1914, p. 292; Popham, Correggio, p. 169, Cat. Anselmi 5; Quintavalle, Anselmi, p. 119.
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