The present drawing is a copy, with some minor changes, of a painting formerly in the collection of Arthur Kay and sold at auction in 1929 as by Giorgione, but since attributed to Nicolò dell’Abate.1 The scene is very similar to the fresco decorations in the Sala dei Concerti on the piano nobile in Palazzo Poggi, Bologna (now Biblioteca Universitaria, via Zamboni), painted by Nicolò dell’Abate, ca. 1550-51.2
- Christie’s, London, 22 March, 1929, lot. 140; Oakland and elsewhere 1957, no. 1.
- Fortunati and Mumeci 2000, 168, 175.
Selected references: Oakland and elsewhere 1957, no. 1 (as Nicolò dell'Abate); Bologna 1969, 108-09, under no. 50 (as not Nicolò dell'Abate).
Neumeyer, Alfred, and János Scholz. Drawings from Bologna 1520-1800. Oakland : Mills College Art Gallery, 1957, no. 1, repr.
Watermark: none visible through lining.