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The entry of St Antoninus into Florence, study for a lunette; procession with figures supporting a canopy over the saint at centre, a woman reclining at right foreground, figures leaning from a window above
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), over black chalk, on blue-grey paper
- Production date
- 1570-1603 (fl.circa)
Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 242 millimetres (arched, sheet made up)
- Curator's comments
- 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, pp. 104-5, no. 1 (as Santi di Tito); N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century', 1986, no. 180
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
Although he had earlier published it as by Santi di Tito, Popham was the first to recognise this drawing as Balducci's preparatory study for the lunette (the eleventh of the South Wing) representing 'S. Antonino taking Possession of the Archbishopric of Florence' (the fresco is reproduced in 'Rivista d'Arte', vii, 1910, opposite p. 52). A copy in the National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. (inv. no. B-10, 966, as Andrea Boscoli), recording the British Museum drawing in its complete, undamaged state, has been noted by Pouncey.
For another study by Balducci for the decoration of the Chiostro Grande, see 1946,0713.245.
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 104 (Santi di Tito) no. 1; Primato del disegno, p. 68, under no. 63.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 180
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