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The Virgin standing on clouds holding the Child
Pen and grey ink
- Production date
- 1526-27 (circa)
Height: 216 millimetres
Width: 115 millimetres (top corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- An early study for the 'Vision of St Jerome' in the National Gallery commissioned by Maria Bufolina, the widow of the concistorial lawyer Antonio Caccialupi, in January 1526 and destined for the Caccialupi chapel in San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome (see D. Ekserdjian, 'Parmigianino', New Haven and London, 2006, p. 7). Due to the Sack of Rome that began in May 1527 the painting was never installed and ended up with the Bufolina family in Città di Castello.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, no. 182, pl. 99; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, no. 553
The character of the pen-work is unusual for Parmigianino, but the drawing is certainly by him. It was most probably made in connexion with the National Gallery picture (cf. 1882,0812.488).
Literature: Fröhlich-Bum, Mitteilungen, p.3; Fröhlich-Bum, p. 21; Copertini, i, p. 89; Quintavalle, p. 206; Freedberg, pp. 176 (note 93) and 253; Emilian Drawings, no. 36.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed by Richardson on back of mount: "Lanier 1.3"
Inscribed on verso: "Zn 65/Oo 16" and "The 14th night lot 5 Price" indicating that the drawing formed part of lot 5 in Richardson's Sale. Inscribed by Barnard on verso, in pen and brown ink: "J:B: No.422 8 ½ by 4 ½".
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