After Federigo Barocci

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After Federigo Barocci
1528-1612
Swooning Virgin with Two Holy Women at the Foot of the Cross
Red and black chalk on paper; squared in black chalk.
10 5/8 x 12 7/8 inches (270 x 327 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 104

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Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, by Cornelis Ploos van Amstel(?), "Frederico Barocio. f 1612"; on verso, at upper left, in red chalk, perhaps by Röver, "N.o 989"; at center in black chalk, "fredericius Barozius"; at lower left corner in pen and brown ink, by Ploos van Amstel (?), "N: 24 / aaaa".
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Valerius Röver, (1686-1739?, Lugt S. 2984a-c); Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (1726-1798), Amsterdam, his inscription on recto and verso (Lugt 3002); 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: 

The drawing is a copy, perhaps by a Northern European artist, after Federico Barocci’s Deposition of Christ from the Cross in the Chapel of San Bernardino in the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia (1568-69; Emiliani 1985, 1: 60; Turner 2001, 45). The copyist has selected the most emotionally intense section with the fainting Virgin, supported by one of the three Maries, while one of the other Maries charges towards her in an agonized frenzy.

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Fairfax Murray 1905-1912, 1: 104.

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Watermark: none.
Copy after Federigo Barocci, Urbino ca. 1535-1612 Urbino.

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