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The Virgin and Child in a lunette; almost half-length, the Virgin looking down
- Production date
- 1523 (circa)
Height: 111 millimetres
Width: 154 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Most likely a study for a grisaille fresco of circa 1523 showing a half-length Virgin Mary joining her hands in prayer in adoration of the Christ Child, fragments of which were uncovered in the 1970s, in the so-called Palazzo Eucherio Sanvitale in the Palazzo Ducale, Parma. A related pen and wash drawing is in a private collection (Popham no. 813, pl. 26; Gnann no. 82).
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, no. 170, pl. 59; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, pp. 59-60, no. 83
Possibly a study for the painting once in the collection of G. A. Armano which belonged in 1932 to Canonico Filippo Pirri in Rome (Copertini, i, pl. xxv), and which Quintavalle ('Emporium', cviii (1948), p. 196) dismisses as "una copia imbarocchita da un originale correggesco". In this opinion he is followed by Freedberg (p. 224), but to judge from Copertini's reproduction it seems to me that the old attribution to Parmigianino may well be correct. Two studies of women's heads in the Louvre (6445 and 6445 bis; photos. Gernsheim 6975 and 6972; 1964 Exh. Cat., nos. 54 and 48 ; the former repr. Popham, 'Parmigianino', pl. xa) are possibly for the head of the Virgin in the Pirri picture.
Alternatively, 1947,1108.2 might be connected with the early painting of the Virgin and Child in the Doria-Pamphili Collection, which has an arched top (Freedberg, fig. 49).
Literature: Emilian Drawings, no. 22(b) ; Popham, Parmigianino, pl. xb.
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