Album of Costume Studies

This album contains 131 drawings in watercolor on 135 leaves, with album leaves numbered at upper right. A second numbering system is also found on the drawings, at upper right of each sheet, ranging from 3 through 164, with some gaps in the sequence, indicating the drawings were once part of a larger series. Margaret Rosenthal has proposed that the album is the work of an Italian artist from the mid to late sixteenth century. The studies, carefully executed in watercolor and gouache, and sometimes highlighted with gold or silver paint, depict a range of regional costumes from Italy and other European countries, as well as examples of costume from Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere.

Italian School
Album of Costume Studies
mid to late 16th century
Watercolor and gouache, with pen and ink, some with gold or silver paint, on paper
drawings: 99 x 145 mm; mounted on album leaves measuring: 172 x 225 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan by 1910
PML 5675