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Four Apostles, after Correggio; copy of part of the north and east sides of the parapet frieze depicting the apostles below Correggio's fresco of The Assumption of the Virgin in Parma; the apostles and parapet drawn with chiaroscuro in red and black, outlined figures floating beyond.
Black and red chalk, strips of paper added to all four sides of the sheet and outlined in brown ink and grey wash to create a framing mount
- Production date
- 1607-1608 (circa)
Height: 187 millimetres (original sheet)
Height: 220 millimetres (with mount)
Width: 268 millimetres
Width: 302 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Correggio's fresco in the dome of Parma cathedral was painted between 1526 and 1530. Zuccarro's studies are drawn from the level of the squinches just below the cupola, suggesting he had access to the base of the dome. Zuccarro is known to have been in Parma between November 1607 and June 1608. He was hoping to be given the commission to decorate the walls immediately below Correggio's cupola fresco, but eventually it was decided to leave them blank. Zuccarro was prompted to write a letter of complaint to the Duke of Parma, Ranuccio Farnese.
A counterproof of this sheet is held at the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle.
Lit.: B. Py, 'Everhard Jabach: Supplement of Identifiable Drawings from the 1695 Estate Inventory', "Master Drawings", XLV, 1, 2007, no. 552 (old Jabach inv. number), p. 16
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 Jun-Nov, BM, Recent Acquisitions Part I, no cat.
- Previous owner
Previous owner/ex-collection: Everard Jabach (no. 107 in portfolio 6 in his 1695 inventory (see B. Py, 'Everhard Jabach Collectionneur (1618-1695), Les Dessins de Inventaire de 1695', Paris, 2001, no. 552))
Previous owner/ex-collection: Pierre Crozat (his sale, Paris 10 iv - 13 v 1741, part of lot 325, 18 in lot bt Gouvernet 64 livres)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Gouvernet (his sale, Paris, 6-10 ix 1775, part of lot 235, 18 in lot)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Jean Denis Lempereur (his sale, Paris, 27 xii 1796, part of lot 28, 8 in lot bt Denon)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Baron Dominique Vivant Denon ((L. 779)his sale Paris, 1 v 1826, part of lot 306, 8 in lot)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Dominique-Vivant Brunet-Denon (his sale, Paris 2-15 ii 1846, part of lot 28, 9 in lot)
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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.
Exhibited as no.10 in Jean-Luc Baroni 'Master Drawings and Oil Sketches', 4-28 May 2004 New York and 1-23 July 2004, London. Provenance given as "Everhard Jabach, Paris; Acquired with a large part of the Jabach collection by Pierre Crozat, Paris; His sale, Paris, 10 April-13 May 1741, part of lot 235 (eighteen drawings by Zuccaro after Correggio, bt. Lempereur for 100 livres; Probably Jean-Denis Lempereur, Paris; Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon, Paris (Lugt 779); His sale, Paris, 1-19 May 1826, part of lot 306 (eight drawings by Zuccarro after Corregio), bought back by his nephew, Baron Brunet-Denon, Paris (?); His sale, 2-15 February 1846, part of lot 28 (nine drawings by Zuccaro after Corregio); Private collection, Novato, California".
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