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Studies of a youth holding a book
Verso: A right hand holding a book
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Height: 202 millimetres
Width: 147 millimetres (upper corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- Probably a study for a Virgin and Child in which the Virgin is reading.
Watermark: a hand.
Lit: P.Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Raphael and his circle', London, 1962, I, no. 197, II, pls. 164, 165 ; A. Marabottini, 'Polidoro da Caravaggio', Rome, 1969, I, nos. 60, 61, II, pls. LXXXIV, 1, LXXXIV 2; L. Ravelli, 'Polidoro Caldara da Caravaggio', Bergamo, 1978, nos. 150, 151
Pouncey & Gere 1962
In spite of the fact that the head is on a smaller scale than the arms, someone has tried to relate them by means of crudely drawn black chalk lines purporting to indicate the shoulders.
The way the book is held and the downward gaze of the face suggest that these studies, though from a young man, are for a 'Virgin and Child' in which she is shown reading. The soft modelling of the face and the unidealized adolescent features which seem slightly too large for the oval enclosing them point unmistakably to Polidoro; while the academic carefulness of the drawing of the sleeve and hand and the fine cross-hatching suggest an early date when he was still under the immediate inspiration of Raphael.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1962/3 Nov-Sep, BM, 'Raphael and his Circle', (P+G)
1977 May-Jun, Hermitage, 'Italian Renaissance', no. 42
1977 Jul-Aug, Pushkin, Moscow, 'Italian Renaissance', no. 42
1980, Adelaide and Melbourne, no. 42
1987/8 Oct-Jan, New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, 'Raphael', no. 81
1988/9 Nov-Feb, Naples, Gallerie Nazionale Di Capodimonte, no. V.12
2003 Sep-Dec, London, National Gallery, 'Polidoro's Way to Calvary'
2016-17, Oct-Jan, Suzhou, 'Italian Renaissance Drawings', no. 22
2019 11 Apr-30 Jun, Macau Museum of Art, Macau, 'Italian Renaissance Drawings'
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- Acquisition notes
- Gibson's inscription on backing, a method of pricing, is no longer with the drawing.
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