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A seated child, leaning back, with a finger to its mouth
Verso: Two half-length studies of women
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and red chalk
On the left. of the recto is a hardly visible sketch of the lower part of a putto standing in profile to the right., and on the right. what might be part of an adult leg.
- Production date
- 1523-1524 (circa)
Height: 91 millimetres
Width: 117 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The child on the recto derives from one of the dioscuri in the Leonardo composition of Leda. The upper sketch on the verso recalls the study in the Louvre of a seated woman dozing (6462; Popham no. 443, pl. 435; Gnann no. 168).
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, no. 213, pl. 289; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, no. 167
The principal figure on this side derives from one of the Dioscuri hatched from the eggs in the Leonardo composition of 'Leda'.
The upper and larger of the two sketches on the verso (which was drawn first) recalls the study in the Louvre of the seated woman dozing (6462; photo. Gernsheim 6951) and may be a study from the life. The lower study is perhaps connected with the original of an undescribed engraving by Enea Vico, signed and dated 1543, of a woman ('Vanity' ?) looking at herself in a mirror; though in the drawing she is certainly not looking into the object she holds (if this is a mirror) and is pointing with her l. hand.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 196; Freedberg, p. 174.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- For a note on the acquisition history, see 1905,1110.11.
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