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The Birth of St John the Baptist; interior with two female figures about to bathe the infant and others attending to the mother in a bed beyond
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, heightened with white, squared for transfer, on blue paper
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Height: 271 millimetres
Width: 196 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The attribution to Macchietti first suggested by M. Rinehart. This attribution not accepted by Marta Privitera, who suggests that it is by an artist of the following generation. It is possibly not even Florentine, cf. Carlo Urbino.
Lit.: N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings', 1986, no. 172 (as Morandini); M. Privitera, 'Girolamo Macchietti un pittore dello Studiolo di Francesco I (Firenze 1535-1592)', Milan/Rome, 1996, p. 194, no. E12
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
Attributed to Morandini when in the Resta Collection and sold as such at the Reitlinger sale in 1953, but in many respects the drawing shows greater similarities to the style of Girolamo Macchietti (1535-92); compare the drawing of 'Christ expelling the moneychangers from the Temple' (Louvre, inv. no. 11377; Monbeig-Goguel (1972), no. 40).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 172
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
Inscribed with Resta no.: "h 73". Stamped with unidentified collector's mark: a star (not in Lugt).
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