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Study of two hands, one holding a dish and below two hands and a sleeve
Metalpoint, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on pink prepared paper, two sheets mounted together
- Production date
Height: 144 millimetres
Height: 147 millimetres
Width: 209 millimetres (lower sheet)
Width: 214 millimetres (upper sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Given to Fra Filippo in Vasari's collection, the drawings were first published as Raffaellino by Berenson. The hands in no.61 resemble those of the Madonna in a tondo by the artist in the National Gallery, London (no. 4903), although the correspondence is by no means exact. The hands and the arm in no. 62 are preparatory studies for the figure of the Virgin in the Munich 'Pietà' (no. 801; Carpaneto, fig. 28), a painting dated by Carpaneto to 1503-5.
Lit.: J.D. Passavant, 'Tour of a German Artist in England', London, 1836, (translation from the original German ed. published in Frankfurt, 1833), II, p. 94 (as Fra Filippo Lippi); G. Waagen, 'Treasure of Art in Great Britain', London, 1854, I, p. 224 (as Fra Filippo Lippi); B. Berenson, 'Drawings of the Florentine Painters', Chicago, 1938, II, nos 765-6; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, nos. 61 and 62, II, pl. LXIV (with previous literature); M. Davies, National Gallery Catalogues, the Earlier Italian Schools', London, 1961, p. 457; M.G. Carpaneto, Raffaellino del Garbo II Parte', "Antichità Viva", X, 1, 1971, p. 5, fig. 30; L. Ragghianti Collobi, Il Libro de'Disegni del Vasari', Florence, 1974, I, p. 60, II, fig. 135; D.A. Brown, in exhib. cat., Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Berenson and the connoisseurship of Italian Painting', 1979, p. 30; H. Wohl, 'The Eye of Vasari', "Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz", XXX, 1986, p. 558, no. 13
Popham & Pouncey 1950
These drawings were attributed (by Colvin?) to Botticelli on the strength of the slight resemblance which the r. hand in Pp,1.14 shows to that of the Madonna in Botticelli's 'Virgin and Child with Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist' at Berlin. Passavant and Waagen (loc. cit.) did not question Vasari's attribution.
It has long been realized, however, that the artist is Raffaellino, and it was pointed out in the National Gallery 'Supplement to the Catalogue', 1939, p. 16, that the hands in Pp,1.14 correspond with those of the Madonna in the 'tondo' attributed to Raffaellino del Garbo, formerly belonging to Sir Herbert Samuelson, now in the National Gallery (no. 4903), where they support the Child, and the r. hand is partly covered by His arm.
The hands in Pp, 1.14, as was first remarked by Yashiro, loc. cit., are for the hands of the Virgin in the Munich 'Pietà' (no. 801), while the arm is for her r. arm.
Literature: BB 765, 766; Passavant, Kunstreise, pp. 224 f; Waagen, Treasures, i, 1854, p. 224; B.M. Guide, 1895, no. 21; Y. Yashiro, Vasari Society, Second Series, viii (1927), 3; O. Kurz, O.M.D., xii (1937/8), p. 11.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1979, Washington, NGA, 'Berenson', No. 65
2018-2019 18 Oct-3 Feb, Munich, Alte Pinakothek, 'Florence and its Painters: From Giotto to Leonardo'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Vasari's mount in pen and brown ink with brown wash surrounded by Mariette's mount of blue paper.
Popham & Pouncey 1950
G. Vasari (on his original mount with his attribution "FRA FILIPPO")
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