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Four studies of a child; in two studies, the child looks over his right shoulder
Verso: Nine studies of children
- Production date
- 1520 (c.)
Height: 258 millimetres
Width: 377 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
On the verso are nine further studies of children from the life, in varying stages of completion.
Colvin (BM 'Guide', 1901) seems to have been the first to connect the principal study on the recto and the separate study of the head for the same figure with the 'Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist' in the Wallace Collection, London, painted c.1520 or shortly before. The progression of the different studies has been acutely analysed by Freedberg who maintained that all of them were made in connection with the Wallace picture, unlike the older critics who, like Colvin, only associated two studies with it. According to Freedberg the studies are all for the figure of the Infant St John the Baptist and the artist started work on the verso, beginning with the study on the top left.
Literature: BM Guide, 1901, p. 7; BB (1903) 131; Knapp, p. 179; BB (1938) 131; BB (1961) 131; Freedberg, Vol. II, p. 88; Shearman, Vol. II, p. 362; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century', 1986, no. 50; C. Van Cleave, 'Master Drawings of the Italian Renaissance', London, 2007, p. 154, illustrated p. 156; I. Seligman, 'Lines of Thought', London, 2016, no. 25, p. 62 (the verso).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972, BM, 'The Art of Drawing', No. 139
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 50
1990 April-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D (no cat.)
1992 Oct-Dec, Norwich, UEA, 'Florentine Drawings' (no cat.)
2009/2010, Sep-Jan, Munich, Alte Pinakothek, Holy Family
2016 3 Sep - 6 Nov, Poole Museum, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 25 (verso)
2017 1 Jan - 25 Feb, The Brynmor Jones Library Art Gallery, University of Hull, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 25 (verso)
2017 12 Mar - 5 May, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 25 (verso)
2017 May - Sep, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 25 (verso)
2017-2018 Oct - Jan, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 25 (verso)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- In the Leighton sale on 15-16 July 1896. The Times report on 17 July states that the drawing was purchased by Colvin himself (presumably using Colnaghi for settlement purposes, since the amount paid included no commission), and implies that this was the top price of the sale.
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