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  • Description

    Two Arcadian Musicians in a landscape, sheep lying beneath foliage at left Pen and brown ink, over black chalk Verso: Head of a woman Red chalk

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1493-1576
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 223 millimetres
    • Width: 226 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Verso inscribed: "CastelFranco" [Giorgione] and in another hand "N: 7" and "f 1508"
  • Curator's comments

    The woman with a flute is inspired by the figure in Giorgione/Titian 'Pastoral Concert' in the Louvre. The attribution of this drawing to Titian has been much contested, the two different colours of ink tempting some scholars to see it as the product of two different hands. An etching in reverse of the drawing was made by Valentin Lefebre in 1682, of which there are two impressions in the BM 1892,0714.774 and 1868,0612.36. Lit: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 370; P. De Chennevières, 'Les dessins de maîtres anciens exposés à l'École des Beaux-Arts en 1879', "Gazette des Beaux-Arts", XIX, 1879, p. 519 (as Giorgione); G. Morelli (I. Lermolieff), 'Kunstkritische Studien über Italienische Malerei. Die Galerie zu München und Dresden', Leipzig, 1891, p. 376 (as Campagnola); B. Kurth, "Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst', 60, 1926/7, p. 290 (copy by Campagnola after Titian); L. Justi, 'Giorgione oder Campagnola ?', "Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst', 61, 1927/8, p. 79ff (as Campagnola); B. Kurth, "Die Graphischen Künste", New Series, II, 1937, p. 139ff (as Campagnola based on Titian painting engraved by Lèfevre in 1680); L. Hourticq, 'Le problème de Giorgione : sa légende, son oeuvre, ses élèves', Paris, 1930, p. 98 (as Titian); D. Phillips, 'The leadership of Giorgione', Washington, 1937, p. 86 (as Titian); H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'The Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries', New York, 1944, no.1928, pp. 319-20, pl. LXI, 1 (? Titian); H.E. Wethey, 'Titian and his Drawings', Princeton, 1987, no. 35 (with previous literature); B.W. Meijer, 'Disegni di Tiziano e dintorni', "Arte Lombarda", 1993, p. 28, fig. 1 (as Titian)


  • Bibliography

    • JCR 370 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian Roy XVIc)

  • Exhibition history

    1879, Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, no. 19 as Giorgione 1984, BM, Landscape in Italy, no.1 1993 Feb-May, Paris, Grand Palais, Giogione et Titian 1995 March-May, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Tiziano Vecellio, no 48 2012 April-Sep, London, National Gallery, Titian's First Masterpiece
    2016 Mar-Jun, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 'In the Age of Giorgione'

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Two Arcadian Musicians in a landscape; sheep lying beneath foliage at l Pen and brown ink, over black chalk Verso: Head of a woman Red chalk


Two Arcadian Musicians in a landscape; sheep lying beneath foliage at l Pen and brown ink, over black chalk Verso: Head of a woman Red chalk

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