Sodoma

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Sodoma
1477?-1549
Four Figures, One of Them, an Ecclesiastic, Kneeling in the Foreground
Black chalk, with traces of white chalk, on paper; squared for transfer in black chalk; remnants of framing lines in pen and brown ink.
15 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches (387 x 220 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1986.106
Inscription: 

Inscribed on verso of mount, at top center, in light brown pen and ink, "Giovanno Antonio Bazzi / le ?seomie / Ex collection J. C. Robinson / E. Rodrigues". Numbered by the artist at left and upper edges, along the squaring lines, in black chalk, from 1 to 20.

Provenance: 
Sir J.C. Robinson, London (1824-1913; Lugt 1433); Eugene Rodrigues, Paris (b. 1853; Lugt 897); Maurice Marignane (b. 1879; Lugt 1872); de Beer, London; from whom purchased in 1968 by János Scholz, New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 317.

Notes: 

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Probably a preparatory study for an altarpiece.

Associated names: 

Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Rodrigues, Eugène, 1853- former owner.
Marignane, Maurice, 1879-1956, former owner.
De Beer, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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