Alessandro Allori

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Alessandro Allori
Design for a Ceiling with the Ascension
ca. 1560-1565
Black chalk and white opaque watercolor, on laid paper.
9 7/8 x 11 5/8 inches (252 x 295 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 36

Formerly attributed to Daniele da Volterra (1509-1566).


Inscribed on old mount, at center, beneath drawing, in pen and brown ink: "Daniel de la Volter"; at lower center, beneath this, in pen and brown ink: "6"; on verso of mount, in pen and brown ink: "B B no 30; 5952; 40; chopt with mr Lille / this Cost of(?) 72 [2 in superscript] 1676; no [o in superscript] 2"; possibly by Roger North, Lely's executor: "Ae. 20".
Watermark: Flower or trefoil in a circle, fragment.

Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), London (Lugt 2092); 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.
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Daniele, da Volterra, ca. 1509-1566, Formerly attributed to.
Lely, Peter, Sir, 1618-1680, former owner.
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.


Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 97.
Selected references: Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 1: no. 36; Pouncey 1977, 446-47; Langdon 1989, 34-35; New York and Chicago 1994, no. 24; Pilliod 2003, 39-42.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 36.
Griswold, William, and Linda Wolk-Simon. Sixteenth-Century Italian Drawings in New York Collections. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994, p. 29-30.

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