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Studies of children including the heads of two in profile to left
Red and black chalk
Verso: Sketches of a nude woman, three figures and a dragon
Black and red chalk
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Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Exhibition catalogue: 'Italian 16th and 17th Century Drawings', Tokyo/Nagoya, 1996, No 8.
See also J. Shearman, 'Andrea del Sarto', Oxford, 1965, Vol II, p.363.
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
The studies of the stomach and legs of a child (with the possible exception of those faintly drawn top centre in red chalk) are connected, like those on T,11.63, with the putti in the upper part of the 'Assumption of the Virgin' (the panciatichi 'Assuntà') in the Pitti Gallery. The most complete study (that in red chalk of a child kneeling to the front with his right arm raised), a second study in black chalk to the left of this (of the same child's left arm), and a third study in the top right (also in black chalk, of his right arm) are for the putto in the centre kneeling on a cloud, immediately below the right knee of the Virgin. The same figure of a child was studied in another sheet, apparently drawn before that in the British Museum, in the Lugt Collection, the Institut Néerlandais, Paris (Byam Shaw, no. 20).
The two studies bottom right of the upper part of a child looking to the left, in black and red chalk respectively, are for the companion of the first putto, who is seen on the other side of the Virgin, supporting her left leg.
On the verso are studies of a nude woman bound to a tree, three male figures advancing to the right and, drawn with the sheet turned the other way up, a dragon. Although it has been suggested that the nude woman may be a nude study for the Virgin in the 'Assumption' (Shearman, 1959), the more plausible explanation that they, together with the studies on the verso of the Lugt drawing, are for a lost composition of 'Andromeda threatened by a Sea Monster' is now more generally accepted.
Literature: BB (1903) 141; Knapp, p. 118; Fraenckel, p. 179; BB (1938) 138A; J. Shearman, 'Andrea del Sarto's two paintings of the Assunta', Burl. Mag., ci, 1959, p. 129; BB (1961) 138A; Freedberg, vol. II, pp. 116f.; Shearman, Vol. II, p. 363; Byam Shaw, Lugt Collection, under no. 20.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, '16th Century Florentine Drawings', no.53
1996 Feb-Apr, Tokyo, Nat Mus Western Art, Italian Drawings/BM, no.8
1996 Apr-May, Nagoya, Aichi Pref Mus of Art, Italian Drawings/BM, no.8
2015 Jun-Sep, Los Angeles, J P Getty Museum, 'The Renaissance Workshop in Action: del Sarto'
2015/16 Oct-Jan, New York, The Frick Collection, 'The Renaissance Workshop in Action: del Sarto'
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