Antoine Bouzonnet Stella

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Antoine Bouzonnet Stella
The Lamentation and Preparation for Burial of Christ
ca. 1655-60
Pen and brown ink and gray wash, over black chalk, on paper.
8 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches (223 x 322 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 266

Despite the old attribution to Poussin, this sheet is related to a late painting by Jacques Stella (1596-1657), which appeared on the market in 2005 and is now in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Sylvain Lavessiere noted that the subject is unusual, a moment between the deposition and the entombment when Christ's body is washed. He suggested that a sheet in the Louvre, also annotated “Poussin” but currently attributed to Eustache de la Sueur, might be related to the canvas given that it also depicts the nocturnal cleansing of the dead Christ (30640). Lavessiere also recorded a drawn copy after the painted composition that was sold in 2002 and is now in an American private collection. While Stella's late drawing style can be very broad, and he often used gray wash, the execution of this sheet points to his nephew Antoine Bouzonnet Stella, a suggestion made by Alvin L. Clark in 2004.


Inscribed on verso of mount, "N. Poussin".

Count Moritz von Fries (1777-1826), Paris (Lugt 2903); acquired ca. 1820 by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), London (Lugt 2445); Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892), London (Lugt 2243); his sale, London, Christie's, 11 July 1893, part of lot 663; Charles Fairfax Murray; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in London, 1911 (no mark; see Lugt 1509).
Associated names: 

Carracci family, Formerly attributed to the school of.
Fries, Moritz, Graf von, 1777-1826, former owner.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Holford, Robert Stayner, 1808-1892, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 266.
Rosenberg, Pierre and Louis-Antoine Prat, "Nicolas Poussin, 1594-1665. Catalogue raisonné des dessins", 2 volumes, Milan, 1994, II, no. R660, repr.