Parmigianino

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Parmigianino
1503-1540
Seated Virgin with Child Above to the Right
ca. 1520-1524
Red chalk on paper.
8 3/16 x 5 1/2 inches (208 x 139 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 41
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Watermark: Indecipherable fragment.

Provenance: 
Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J.P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Description: 

A. E. Popham dated this sheet to Parmigianino’s time in Parma before his departure for Rome in 1524.1 In his more recent catalog of the artist’s drawings, Achim Gnann agreed with this dating, amending his earlier opinion that the Morgan drawing dates from Parmigianino’s time in Rome.2 The present study is similar to another in the Morgan’s collection.3

Footnotes:

  1. Popham 1971, 1: 123, no. 315.
  2. Gnann 2007, 1: 377, no. 175.
  3. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, inv. IV, 40.
Bibliography: 

Selected references: Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 4: no. 41; Popham 1971, 1: 123, no. 315; Gnann 2000, 50; Gnann 2007, 1: 377, no. 175.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, IV, 41, repr.

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Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.

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