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Study of a Magdalene in a fresco of the 'Magdalene washing Christ's feet'; a woman crouched forward on her knees to left, with separate studies of the left arm and hands
Black and white chalk, on grey-brown paper
- Production date
- 1631 (circa)
Height: 375 millimetres
Width: 272 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The attribution to Confortini is due to Philip Pouncey, the Thiems subsequently pointed out that it is a study for the Magdalen in the fresco of 'Christ in the House of Simon the Pharisee' in the refectory of S Trinità in Florence, which is signed and dated 1631. A compositional drawing for the same scene is at Christ Church, Oxford (Thiem fig. 8) and studies for individual figures are at Coburg and in the National Gallery of Scotland (Thiem figs. 9 and 12). Another BM drawing, 1946,0713.1303, is a study for Simon in the same painting.
The drawing is one of four Confortini drawings owned by Ottley who believed them to be by Velasquez probably because of the inscription on 1946,0713.826.
In the Fenwick catalogue Popham mentions a monogram 'which seems to be composed of the letters JCC' visible through the backing.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of Drawings in the Collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., now in the possession of his Grandson, T. Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick of Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham', I, London, 1935, p. 119 , no. 17 (Anonymous Italian XVII century); C. and G. Thiem, 'Der Zeichner Jacopo Confortini', "Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz", XI, 1963-5, p. 160, fig. 10; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'The Study of Italian Drawings: The Contribution of Philip Pouncey', 1994, no. 52
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, BM, 'The Study of Italian Drawings', No. 52
2003/4 Oct-Jan, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
2004 Jan-Mar, London, Colnaghi's, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
2004 Mar-May, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gallery, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
- Previous owner
Previous owner/ex-collection: William Young Ottley (T. Philipe, 14.iv.1804/ part of 438 as Velasquez 'Three ditto, for a Magdalen, and other compositions, in the same manner, one with flowers of red chalk' and T. Philipe 11.vii.1807/ part of 634 as Velasquez , 2 in the lot, 'Two - Our Saviour standing, and mary Magdalen on her knees - both in the same manner [i.e. black chalk, on brown paper, heightened] ')
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 4.vi.1860/part of lot 23 'Others, by TINTORETTO, J. ROMANO, &c.', 9 in the lot, bt Phillipps £1-8-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Phillipps
Previous owner/ex-collection: Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick
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