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The Virgin and Child with the infant Baptist; seated on the ground, a cross behind
Pen and grey ink
- Production date
- 1521 (circa)
Height: 103 millimetres
Width: 78 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, no. 171, pl. 23; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, p. 38, no. 14
Attributed to Perino del Vaga in the MS. inventory of the Fawkener Bequest, and to Giulio Carpioni in Louis Fagan's MS. catalogue of Italian drawings.
The drawing is certainly by Parmigianino, however, and in his earliest style. It is comparable with the drawing in the Louvre (6401 ; 1964 Exh. Cat., no. 42; Popham, 'Parmigianino', pl. iii) which is probably a study for the Bardi altar-piece of about 1521, and with another in the Louvre (6446; photo. Gernsheim 6910; 1964 Exh. Cat., no. 51 ; Popham, 'Parmigianino', pl. ix) which is probably a study for the Cook 'Holy Family'.
Parmigianino is said by Vasari to have painted a 'Virgin and Child with St. Jerome and the Beato Bernardino da Feltre' soon after his return from Viadana (in 1522). This is known from a copy in the Parma Gallery (Freedberg, fig. 6) and an engraving by Bonasone (B. xv, p. 125, 57; Freedberg, fig. 7). In this composition the Virgin with the Infant Christ in her lap is seated against a tree as in T,12.60, but here the resemblance ends; while the presence of the Baptist in T,12.60 is a positive argument against the connection.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 206.
- Not on display
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: FAWK,5211.60