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Study for the drapery of a reclining woman; her hands clasped and resting on a surface, her head inclined to right
Black chalk, heightened with white, on brown prepared paper
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Height: 355 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- As Hamilton first noted, this is a study for the figure of the woman in the upper left corner of one of Poccetti's earliest paintings, 'Christ carrying the Cross' of c. 1584 in the Museo Communale, Arezzo (illustrated in A. Venturi, 'Storia dell'Arte Italiana, la Pittura Cinquecento', V, Milan, 1932, fig. 122, p. 217 as Rosso).
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. 81, no. 2; P.C. Hamilton, in exhib. cat., Florence, Uffizi, 'Disegni di Bernardino Poccetti',1980, p. 35; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century', 1986, no. 188
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
Hamilton connects this drawing with one of Poccetti's earliest paintings in oil, the 'Christ carrying the Cross' in the Museo Communale at Arezzo, which he is inclined to date c.1584.
The technique of drawing drapery studies on a brown-tinted prepared ground recalls the much earlier practice of Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Bartolommeo and others (see 1895,0915.489, 1895,0915.458 and 1895,0915.487), and it also serves to show how dependent on native High-Renaissance traditions were the Early Baroque painters in Florence.
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 81 (Poccetti), no. 2; Hamilton, p. 35.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 188
1992 Oct-Dec, Norwich, UEA, 'Florentine Drawings' (no cat.)
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 (his mount; T. Philipe, 15.vi.1814/991 as Poccetti 'One - a penitent magadalen - black chalk, stumped, on brown paper, heightened - fine' bt ? £0-15-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 4.vi.1860/part of lot 27 as Poccetti 'Various, by NALDINI, RONCALLI, POCETTI, ROSSO, &c.', 14 in the lot, bt Phillipps £0-16-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Phillipps
Previous owner/ex-collection: Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick
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