Domenico Beccafumi

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Domenico Beccafumi
Standing Male Nude Among a Group of Figures, One of Them Reclining. Verso: Male Nude Leaning Against a Tree Trunk and a Reclining Male Nude with Head Thrown Back
ca. 1530-1540
Pen and brown ink and wash, and black chalk, on paper; verso: pen and brown ink and wash, and black chalk.
6 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (164 x 185 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 19c (recto)

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Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, with Resta-Somers number, "f.56"; on verso, at upper center, in black chalk, "21"; on mount, beneath drawing, in graphite, "Paris / 1877".
Watermark: Four small stars within large star in a rectangle within a circle, fragment (cf. Briquet 6098).

Padre Sebastiano Resta (see Lugt S. 2992a); Lord John Somers (see Lugt S. 2981); Jonathan Richardson Sr. (Lugt 2183); Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364); (bought in Paris in 1877? by) 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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Resta, Sebastiano, former owner.
Somers, John Somers, Baron, 1651-1716, former owner.
Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Selected references: Judey 1932, 149, no. 224; Sanminiatelli 1967, 154, no. 76; Providence 1973, 16, no. 13; Baccheschi 1977, 93, under no. 52; Bisogni 1981, 37, under no. 12; Gordley 1988, 278-79, 335, 394, no. 84, 442, under no. 45x; 445, under no. 50x; Birke and Kertész 1992, 163, under no. 276; Tenducci, in Torriti 1998, no. D129.

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