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A study of drapery for one of the canephori; whole-length standing, looking at an object which she holds in her left hand
Brush drawing in grey ink, heightened with white (mostly oxidised), over red chalk, squared for transfer
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 100 millimetres (top corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- The drapery corresponds with that of the Canephoros in the centre of the south wall of the vault of the Steccata in Parma. The sheet has been squared for transfer in red chalk. The head and arms are additions by a later hand.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, no. 230; R. Serra in exhib. cat. Paris, Louvre, 2015, 'Parmigianino: Dessins du Louvre', p.36
The drapery corresponds with that of the 'canephoros' in the centre of the south wall of the vault (i.e. the wall with 'Aaron' and 'Eve'), where the compartment of the coffering to the r. of the figure is in the same position as the indication of it in the drawing. The head and arms, which are entirely different from those of the painted figure, are clumsy additions by a later hand. Parmigianino often omitted the head when making drapery-studies (cf. the two for the 'Madonna dal Collo Lungo', 1905,1110.61 and 1905,1110.62).
Freedberg is no doubt right in regarding the 'canephori' on the south side as mainly the work of pupils. He lists the present drawing among a number connected with the Steccata which in his opinion are "copies or imitations". Its reworked condition makes it difficult to judge, but the technique is very close to Parmigianino's own.
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- Exhibition history
2003 Feb-May, Parma, Galleria Nazionale, 'Parmigianino e il manierismo europeo'
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed on verso: "C.24. 26. D.9. P.35.I". An inscription in another hand "the 3d night Lot 57" must refer to that lot in the Richardson Sale of 1746, described as "Three, Parmegiano, Carlo Maratti and Salvator Rosa", bt Price, 16s., rather than in the Barnard Sale of 1787 which consisted of "Two Palma, and Jul. Clovio". Inscribed by Barnard on verso, in pen and brown ink: "No. 423. 9 by 4".
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