- Museum number
A woman holding a wreath; whole-length standing in profile to right
Pen and brown ink, on buff-grey paper
- Production date
- 1512 (circa)
Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 127 millimetres
- Curator's comments
The old attribution following Padre Resta's inscription in the lower right was to Filippino Lippi. It was given to Spagna by Fischel, an attribution never subsequently questioned. Popham and Pouncey compare the figure with the angels in the apse of the church of S. Martino, Trevi of 1512 (F. Todini, 'La Pittura Umbra dal Duecento al primo Cinquecento', Milan, 1989, II, fig. 1398) and those in his altarpiece dated 1511 of the 'Coronation of the Virgin' in the Pinacoteca at Todi (Todini, I, pl. XLVII opposite p. 321).
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 Filippino Lippi); O. Fischel. 'Die Zeichnungen der Umbrer', Berlin, 1917, no. 133, p. 215, fig. 293; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 251, II, pl. CCXII (with previous literature); L. Grassi, 'I disegni italiani del Trecento e Quattrocento: scuole fiorentina, senese, marchigiana, umbra', Venice, n.d [1960?], no. 113; S. Ferino Pagden, in exhib. cat., Florence, Uffizi, 'Disegni Umbri del Rinascimento da Perugino a Raffaello', 1982, under no. 28
Popham & Pouncey 1950
Resta's attribution to Filippino Lippi is recorded also in Lansdowne MS. 802, Liber F, no. 12, where there is a reference to the artist's activity in the church of S. Maria sopra Minerva, in Rome. The attribution to Lo Spagna is due to Fischel. The figure may be compared with the angels in the apse of the church of S. Martino at Trevi of 1512 (photo. Alinari, 5764) or those in the 'Coronation of the Virgin' at Todi of 1511 (Van Marle, xiv, fig. 295), where the facial types and the drapery are very similar.
Literature: B.M. Guide, 1858, no. 6; Fischel, Umbrer, p. 215, no. 133, fig. 293; Van Marle, xiv (1933), p. 466; A. E. Popham, O.M.D., xi (1936/7), p. 16, pl. 5.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed with Resta no: "f.12" and "Scolu di Sandro Botticello/Filippo Lippi di fr. Filippo [rest cut away]"
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