Inscribed at lower right in pen and brown ink, "Sct Joan y san marcos"; numbered at upper right, "6".
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 316-317.
Old Master Drawings, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., exhibition review, Burlington Magazine, CXXVII, 1985, 472, no. 988.
One of a series of designs for the embroidery of vestments for the Monastery of El Escorial executed by Barroso, Diego Lopez de Escuriaz, and other unidentified artists.
This is one of a series of designs executed by the little known Miguel Barroso for the embroidery of liturgical vestments at the Monastery of El Escorial. Pricked for transfer and for a shoulder-length garment, the drawing depicts SS. John and Luke seated in a landscape with their respective attributes, the eagle and bull. At the lower right, a later owner of the sheet correctly identified John but mistook Luke for Mark, whose attribute is a lion. A faint outline of John's face, a copy after the finished figure, hovers at lower left. --Exhibition Label, from "Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings"