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Adoration of the shepherds; the Virgin and Child at centre with the shepherds grouped around them, one raising his hat, two oxen and putti behind
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), the outlines indented, on blue paper
- Production date
- 1550-1576 (circa)
Height: 231 millimetres
Width: 211 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Mario di Giampaolo in an inscription on the mount of 1975 suggested that this is by Ippolito Andreasi, an attribution earlier proposed by Konrad Oberhuber in his review of Pouncey and Gere's 1962 catalogue of 'Raphael and his circle'. According to a note by Philip Pouncey in an interleaved copy of the 1962 catalogue, Myron Laskin observed that there is a painting corresponding to this drawing in the Cini collection, Monselice, which was attributed in 1968 to Anonymous Emilian School. Laskin thought the painting might be Lorenzo Costa II. Renato Berzaghi published the present drawing in his catalogue of drawings by Bertani, reasserting a previous attribution written on the mount, and the drawing was moved from 'Circle of Giulio Romano' to Bertani in 2013. He also noted that a copy of it is in the Louvre (inv. 22663). Stefano L'Occaso susequently pointed out (email 30/8/13) that a painting corresponding to the BM drawing had been auctioned at Wannenes, Genoa on 28/5/13 as by Cattapane. Whether the latter is same work as that seen by Laskin in the Cini collection is uncertain.
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', London, 1935, p. 63, no. 21 (as After Giulio Romano); P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Raphael and his circle', London, 1962, I, no. 151, II, pl. 117 (Mantuan follower of Giulio Romano); K. Oberhuber, review of Pouncey and Gere 'Raphael and his circle', "Master Drawings", 1963, I, p. 50 (as Andreasi); R. Harprath, 'Ippolito Andreasi as a draughtsman', "Master Drawuings", 1984, 1, pp. 20-1 (as Andreasi); R. Berzaghi, 'Disegni di Giovanni Battista Bertani quattro inediti e un primo catalogo', in D. Ferrari and S. Marinelli (eds), 'Scritti per Chiara Tellini Perina', Mantua, 2011, no. 38, p. 145
Pouncey & Gere 1962
1946,0713.357 bears little resemblance to any of the drawings which can be ascribed, with varying degrees of certainty, to Bertani (see SL,5210.76). This attribution, to one of the best known of Giulio's Mantuan followers, is no doubt an intelligent guess on the part of some early nineteenth-century connoisseur who recognized that the drawing could not be from Giulio's own hand. The indented outlines and the rectangular frame enclosing the composition, together with the absence of pentimenti, suggest that 1946,0713.357 was made for an engraving. This branch of artistic production was one in which many of Giulio's as yet ill defined Mantuan followers (e.g. the Ghisi and the Scultori) were in one way or another involved.
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 63, no. 21.
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