Giorgio Vasari

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Giorgio Vasari
1511-1574
Design for the Ceiling of the Sala di Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, over black chalk, on paper; center panel squared in black chalk; section with figure of Buon Giuditio has been inserted from the back on a separate piece of paper.
15 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches (393 x 362 mm)
Gift of Mr. George H. Fitch.
1967.25
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Variously inscribed by the artist, in pen and brown ink: below the center panel, "PRESENTE DEL SOLDANO E DALTRI PRINCIPI"; the frames of the blank portrait medaillons, reading clockwise, "(1) IULIANUS MED DUX NEMORS (2) PETRUS MEDICIS (3) IOANNES CARDINALIS DE MEDICIS (4) IULIANUS MED PETRI [FILII(?]"; the paired virtues "(1) AUDACIA and BUONEVENTO (2) BUON GIUDITIO and CLE[M]EN[Z]A (3) PIETA and FEDE (4) FAMA and VIRTU"; inscribed at right, below the center panel, in pen and brown ink: "Geo: Vasari"; on mount, in upper right corner, in blue colored pencil, "16 (encircled)"; in graphite, "1399-1421. b 1511 d. 1574 Giorgio Vasari".
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E. Guntrip, Book & Printseller, Tonbridge, Kent; from whom purchased in 1929 by George Hopper Fitch (Lugt 1421), by whom presented.
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