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The three angels appearing to Abraham; he is half-kneeling, buildings and a tree behind
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk
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Height: 156 millimetres
Width: 175 millimetres (max, irregularly cut)
- Curator's comments
- Study for one of the frescoes by Agresi in the semi-dome of the third chapel on the right in S Spirito in Sassia, Rome, painted in 1574-5 (illustrated Viroli p. 115). Other drawings for frescoes in the same chapel are in the Uffizi, Florence (1885F) and in the Courtauld Institute (Witt Coll. 2321).
Lit.: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 5; G. Viroli, 'Pittura del Cinquecento a Forlì', II, Bologna, 1993, no. 76
Gere & Pouncey 1983
In the Sotheby sale catalogue described as "Roman School, second half of the 16th century". The drawing is a study for one of the frescoes by Agresti in the semi-dome of the third chapel on the r. in S. Spirito in Sassia, Rome, the decoration of which was commissioned in May 1573. Other drawings by Agresti for frescoes in this chapel are in the Uffìzi (1885F; repr., as Muziano, Da Como, p. 92; Gere, 'Manierismo', pl. xxix) and the Courtauld Institute (Witt Coll. 2321).
Literature: Baskett and Day, Italian Old Master Drawings, catalogue of exhibition, London, Nov.-Dec. 1971, no. 24.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972, BM, Modern/Recent Acquisitions
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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.
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