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Drapery study for the lower part of a female figure
Black chalk, touched with red chalk
Verso: A seated man in profile to right, looking up
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Height: 334 millimetres
Width: 222 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In Popham's catalogue of the Fenwick collection this was listed as 'Anonymous Florentine, later XVI', but in the 1967 Parma BM catalogue Popham included the study as 'Attributed to Gatti' following a suggestion made by Philip Pouncey. The validity of Popham's original judgement was proven by the fact that the drawing is a study for a recently discovered painting of the 'Birth of the Virgin' by the late XVIc Florentine painter Giovanni Maria Butteri (see A. Cifani and F. Monetti, 'A Tuscan Mannerist cycle in Piedmont', 'The Burlington Magazine', CXXIX, February 1997, pp. 110-120, fig. 29, p. 111). The drawing on the recto is a study for the drapery of the woman holding a baby in the right foreground of Butteri's painting, and the seated man on the verso corresponds closely to Joachim seated in the lower left corner. Butteri's painting is one of two altarpieces by him from a cycle of seven paintings of the Life of the Virgin by leading Tuscan painters commissioned in 1584-5 by Alessandro Acciaiuoli for the chapel of his villa at Pietrafitta near San Gimignano. The paintings were removed at the end of the XVIc when Acciaiuoli became bankrupt and his estate was acquired by Carlo Antonio Dal Pozzo, bishop of Pisa. In 1781 the paintings were sent to a Dal Pozzo estate in north Italy and the paintings were placed in the parish church of San Giorgio, Reano.
An early compositional study for the painting was sold at Sotheby's, New York, 23 January 2001, lot 170 as Giovanni Balducci. (Coincidentally the following lot in the sale was also by Butteri although given in the catalogue to Pirro Ligorio, later with Galerie de la Scala, 'Dessins et Tableaux 1500-1900', 2001, no. 1). The compositional drawing was with Thomas Williams (see catalogue 'Old Master Drawings', July 2001, no. 3) and was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada (Franklin 2003, no. 13).
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. 14, no. 13 (as Florentine School XVI century); A.E. Popham, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Artists working in Parma', London, 1967, no. 37, p. 24, pls. 31-2, as Attributed to Gatti; H. Chapman, 'A drawing by Butteri for Alessandro Acciaiuoli's Pietrafitta cycle', 'The Burlington Magazine', CXLII, March 2000, p. 175, figs. 66-7; D. Franklin, in exhib. cat., Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, 'Italian Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada', 2003, under no. 13, p. 45
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