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God the Father seated on clouds, after Perugino; whole-length figure with a globe in his left hand, looking down, cherubim at either side
Pen and brown ink
A bearded man kneeling with hands together to right
Pen and brown ink
- Production date
- 1465-1523 (?)
Height: 269 millimetres
Width: 191 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The figure on the recto is a copy, probably from a drawing, of God the Father above the fresco in SS. Annunziata, Foligno (P. Scarpellini, 'Perugino', Milano 1984, p. 276, fig. 256). The kneeling figure resembles the kneeling king in the 'Adoration of the Magi' at Città della Pieve (Scarpellini, fig. 218). Ferino Pagden attributes this, 1860,0616.119 (Popham and Pouncey 207) along with a number of copies after Perugino, to Berto di Giovanni (before 1488-1529), a painter from Urbino who is documented as having worked with the young Raphael (for a list of drawings given to him see Ferino Pagden 1982, under no. 26). Berto di Giovanni's hand can be identified on the basis of a drawing of St John the Evagelist in Stockholm (P. Bjurström and B. Magnusson, 'Drawings in Swedish Public Collections, 6, Italian Drawings: Umbria, Rome, Naples', Stockholm, 1998, no. 398), a preparatory study for a painting in the Galleria Nazionale in Umbria . The somewhat mechanical crosshatching used to model the forms in the Stockholm drawing is certainly like that in the two BM drawings, and an attribution to Berto di Giovanni should not be discounted.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 155 (as Perugino); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 205 (with previous literature); S. Ferino Pagden, in exhib. cat., Florence, Uffizi, 'Disegni Umbri del Rinascimento da Perugino a Raffaello', 1982, under no. 26 (as Berto di Giovanni ?)
Popham & Pouncey 1950
The figure on the recto corresponds closely with that of God the Father above the fresco of 1507 in SS. Annunziata, Foligno (K. der K. 138). It is certainly a copy, most probably from a drawing or cartoon, and is executed in a technique often found in drawings of Perugino's school (cf. Fischel, 'Umbrer', figs. 20, 23, 43, 44, 157, 162). Robinson attributed the present drawing to Perugino and wrongly supposed it to be connected with the figure on the vault of the Stanza dell' Incendio. After it entered the Museum it was ascribed to Giannicola Manni (recte Smicca), presumably on account of a supposed connection with the God the Father on the ceiling of the Cambio at Perugia, painted by this artist (Van Marle, xiv, fig. 275). The kneeling figure on the verso does not exactly correspond with any Perugino figure known to us. It resembles the kneeling king in the 'Adoration of the Magi' at Città della Pieve, 1504 (K. der K. 127).
Literature: JCR 155; Grosvenor Gallery Winter Exhibition, 1877/8, no. 592; Catalogue descriptif des dessins . . . exposés à l'École des Beaux-Arts, 1879, no. 103; B.M. Guide, 1895, no. 83.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1879 May-Jun, Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, 'Des Dessins de Maîtres Anciens', no. 103
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