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Two winged putti supporting a third, after Parmigianino
Brush drawing in brown wash, with pen and brown ink, heightened with white (oxidised), on grey-brown prepared paper, pricked for transfer
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 167 millimetres
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- Engraved in the 16thC; a painting of the group is in the colln of the Earl of Yarborough. The group is based on a drawing by Michelangelo in the British Museum (Wilde 5 recto). This drawing may be by Tommaso Vincidor and connected with the tapestries for the bed of Leo X.
The group was engraved in the sixteenth century with the addition of a wall on the r. and a landscape with Apollo pursuing Daphne on the l., and without the seated 'putto' which can be distinguished on the l. in the drawing. The print is inscribed: "FR: PAR INVENTOR". A painting of the group (including the seated 'putto') is in the collection of the Earl of Yarborough. Another version was sold at Christie's, 1955 22 April, lot 158, as Correggio.
The group is based on a drawing by Michelangelo in the British Museum (B.M. 'Michelangelo', no. 5 recto). Except for his childish proportions the 'putto' on the r. corresponds almost exactly with his prototype; the one on the l. less closely; and the one who is supported only remotely.
I now think that my suggestion, quoted in the Michelangelo catalogue, that the drawing might be by Tommaso Vincidor and connected with the tapestries for the bed of Leo X (cf. B.M. 'Raphael', no. 155) is wide of the mark. In view of the inscription on the engraving, it may well reproduce an early sketch by Parmigianino like the drawings of 'putti' for Fontanellato (cf. 1952,0121.67 verso).
Literature: B.M. Michelangelo, p. 11.
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