Attributed to Giovan Francesco Bembo

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Attributed to Giovan Francesco Bembo
active 1480-1543
Meeting of Dignitaries
ca. 1500-1543
Pen and brown ink and wash, on laid paper.
6 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches (175 x 181 mm)
Gift of Janos Scholz.
1993.323
Inscription: 

Inscribed at upper left, in pen and brown ink, "3."; on verso, at lower right, in pen and brown ink, gone over in black chalk, "Cennini d'Agnolo (?)"; in red chalk, "G 416"; in graphite, "Teixeira Gomez collection; BE".
Watermark: Circle, bisected, surmounted by a pole with cross. (close to Briquet 3063: Treviso, 1521).

Provenance: 
Giuseppe Vallardi (1784-1863), Milan (Lugt 1223); Teixeira Gomez (according to note on verso): Dr. G. Laporte (Lugt 1170); his sale, New York, O'Reilly's Plaza Art Galleries, sale no. 5298, 25 April 1968, lot 92 "Andrea del Sarto"; Giuseppe d'Arpino; Simone Cantarini: "three drawings various sizes", bought by Herbert Feist for Scholz for 310 (according to note by Janos Scholz in copy of sale catalogue); János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).
Description: 

The inscription suggests that the drawing may have once been attributed to Andrea del Sarto also known as Andrea d’Agnolo, and it was sold as such as late as in the 1968 Laporte sale. Instead, the drawing clearly is by a north Italian artist of the first half of the sixteenth century. According to a note dated 1969 by Janos Scholz, Philip Pouncey had suggested an attribution to the Cremonese master Gianfrancesco Bembo (1480–1543) under which name it entered the Morgan collection.

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According to a note dated 1969 by János Scholz, Philip Pouncey had suggested an attribution to the Cremonese master Gianfrancesco Bembo (?1480- ?1543) under which name it entered the Morgan collection. It has not been possible to determine the artist who made this drawing.

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Sarto, Andrea del, 1486-1530, possible former attribution.
Vallardi, Giuseppe, 1784-1861, former owner.
Gomez, Teixeira, former owner.
Laporte, George L., former owner.
D'Arpino, Giuseppe, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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