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A man seated in profile to right, with his head lowered and right arm held out
- Production date
Height: 254 millimetres
Width: 193 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This commission is documented to 1564-6.
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. 109, no. 3; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century', London, 1986, no. 138; R. Scorza, 'Vasari's "Calling of Sts Peter and Andrew" and a Recent Acquisition by the Fitzwilliam Museum', in 'Master Drawings', vol.49, no.2, Summer 2011, p.165 (fig.3); F. Härb, ‘The Drawings of Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574)’, Rome, 2015, pp. 510-2, no. 336.
Text form N. Turner, op.cit above:
A study for the figure of Elisha in the painting of 'Elisha sweetening the pottage' in S. Pietro, Perugia (1566). The incident is that described in the Book of Kings (2, iv, 38vv) according to which Elisha threw meal into the pot in order to sweeten the pottage that had been rendered inedible by the wild gourds. This was one of three paintings, the other two being 'The Marriage at Cana' and 'The Angels bringing flour to St Benedict and his Companions', that were commissioned by abbot don Jacopo Dei to decorate the refectory of S. Pietro, Perugia.
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 109 (Vasari), no. 3; Barocchi (1964), p. 140, no. 86; Vasari exh. (1981), p. 67, under no. 24.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 138
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Ottley provenance not certain
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