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Italian School
Head of a Man Looking Downward
ca. 1525-1535
Black chalk on paper; verso: hatching in red chalk.
4 5/8 x 3 3/4 inches (117 x 94 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1993.221

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Purchased in London in 1950 by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
Description: 

The present drawing seems to be by the same hand and from the same piece of paper as another in the Morgan’s collection.1 It is likely that the fragments have a long history of being kept together: both drawings were purchased in London in 1950 by Janos Scholz. Though they have been published under Correggio’s name, A. E. Popham did not include the fragments in his catalogue raisonné of the artist’s drawings. Indeed, while their style has certain similarities to some extant studies by Correggio for the frescoes of Parma Cathedral, their damaged state makes it impossible to judge definitively.

Footnotes:

  1. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, inv. 1993.230.
Bibliography: 

Selected references: Oakland and elsewhere 1956, no. 21 (as Correggio); Bloomington 1958, no. 34 (as Correggio); Milwaukee 1964, no. 15 (as Correggio).
Gilbert, Creighton et al. Drawings of the Italian Renaissance from the Scholz Collection. Bloomington : Indiana University Art Center, 1958, no. 34, repr.

Notes: 

Watermark: none.
Formerly attributed to Antonio Allegri, called Correggio, 1489?-1534.

Associated names: 

Correggio, 1489?-1534, Formerly attributed to.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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