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Draped figure (an Apostle ?); whole-length standing to left, his left arm raised
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (discoloured), on blue paper
- Production date
- 1524-1527 (circa)
Height: 131 millimetres
Width: 77 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the BM impression of the facsimile etching in reverse by Rosaspina after this drawing see 1919,0415.605; the Zanetti chiaroscuro 2006,u.3282.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', New Haven and London, 1971, I, no. 221, pl. 169; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, no. 370 (with incorrect registration number)
A chiaroscuro woodcut after Parmigianino by A. M. Zanetti (B. xii, p. 165, 9; Weigel 5567c) reproduces, in reverse to the present drawing, a figure identical except for a large book held in the l. hand. One would naturally assume the existence of a variant, were it not for Zanetti's known habit of 'improving' and elaborating the compositions of his woodcuts after Parmigianino drawings. In spite of the discrepancy between the two the woodcut may well reproduce 1946,0713.441. It should be noted that most, or at any rate a large number, of Zanetti's Parmigianino drawings passed into the possession of Armano.
Bartsch, though he describes the subject merely as "jeune homme debout", lists Zanetti's chiaroscuro among those after drawings of the Apostles. The figure does not occur in the series of Apostles by Parmigianino etched with the initials "F. P." (B. xvi, p. 19, 1 to 13) and repeated as chiaroscuros (B. xii, p. 69, 1 to 12), but in style and character and in scale it resembles his drawings of seven of these figures in the Louvre(6487/1, 2, 3 and 4 and 6488/1, 2 and 3; photos. Gernsheim 6933, 6932, 6931, 6930, 6937, 6938 and 6936 respectively) closely enough to make it probable that the present drawing likewise represents an Apostle.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- An chiaroscuro woodcut by Zanetti reproduces, in reverse, an almost identical figure.
The facsimile by Rosaspina has engraved borders like the ones of the drawings from the Armano Collections.
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