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The meeting of Joachim and Anne at the Golden Gate, with other figures
Pen and brown ink
Verso: Study of St Anne, whole-length standing, turned to left
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 160 millimetres
Width: 110 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Preparatory drawing for Tamagni's picture in S. Salvatore, Istia d'Ombrone (Grosseto), signed and dated 1528. A further four studies for this work are in the BM (1946,0713.56,57,58 and 1895,0915.473), the last of which also belonged to Mariette. More than a century before being reunited in the Museum in 1946, all five were apparently displayed on one mount when part of the Paignon-Dijonval Collection; at some point during or after the dispersal of this collection they were fragmented into two groups which, interestingly, divided the sheets into the two ‘species’ of drawing existing within the set: the swift studies of Joachim and Anna, and the ex-Mariette pair of composition studies. Establishing the chronology of the latter is not without complications, for while the shepherds are closer to the picture in this study, the two women and the landscape are more fully developed in its counterpart, and it is most likely that the two sheets were made more or less simultaneously.
Further drawings for this commission are in Munich (2357) and Darmstadt (AE 1510).
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 36; A.E. Popham, 'Some drawings by Vincenzo Tamagni da San Gimignano', "Old Master Drawings", Sept-March 1939-40, p. 45, n. 2; D.E. Rust, 'The Drawings of Vincenzo Tamagni da San Gimignano', Report and Studies in the History of Art, II, 1968, p. 81, no. A3.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Probably part of lot 440 of the Mariette sale. Paignon-Dijonval provenance in the Bénard catalogue (no. 49); Lawrence provenance in Malcolm catalogue.
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