Federigo Barocci

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Federigo Barocci
Seated Female Figure in Profile to the Right. Verso: Drapery Study
ca. 1574-1579
Black chalk with white chalk on blue paper; verso: black chalk with white chalk.
8 7/8 x 6 1/16 inches (226 x 154 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

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Inscribed on verso, in black chalk, "74."

Étienne-François, duc de Choiseul,(1719-1785, according to János Scholz records, no mark; see Lugt 2948); Salverte (according to János Scholz records); purchased in Geneva in 1958 by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).

Long considered to be by the Venetian Paris Bordone, the drawing was attributed to Barocci by Bert Meijer in February 1987 and connected with Barocci’s famous painting of the Madonna del Popolo by Peter Dreyer in 1989. Now in the collection of the Uffizi, Florence, the altarpiece was executed in 1574 for the lay confraternity of Arezzo and was destined for the Pieve of that town (Emiliani 2008, 1:310-49). The recto of the drawing prepares the figure of a young woman, half-seated, half-kneeling at the lower left. In her lowered right hand she holds a handkerchief, in her raised left, a book.

The doll-like character of drawn figure suggests that Barocci may have studied the pose from a mannequin. A slightly more individualized study for the same figure is to be found on a sheet in the Lugt Collegtion, Institut Néerlandais, Paris (inv. 1992; Paris and elsewhere 1962, no. 131; Emiliani 2008, 1:338, no. 38:69); see also Uffizi, inv. 11603F verso and Wurzburg, University Museum, inv. 7191; (Emililiani 2008, 1:332-33, nos. 38:56 and 38:57).

Two studies of a raised left hand, supposedly for Madonna del Popolo, are in Düsseldorf (black and coloured chalk on blue paper) (FP 8518).


Oakland 1959, no 12; New York 1960; Staten Island 1961, no. 18; Hamburg and Cologne 1963-64, 15, no. 21; New Haven 1964, no. 28; London and elsewhere 1968, no. 14
Italian Drawings from the János Scholz Collection. New York : Staten Island Museum, 1961, no. 18.
Italienische Meisterzeichnungen vom 14. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert aus amerikanischem Besitz : Die Sammlung János Scholz, New York. Hamburg : H. Christians, 1963, p. 15, no. 21.
Italian Drawings from the Collection of János Scholz. London : Art Council Gallery, 1968, no. 14.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 238-239.


Watermark: none.
This drawing was long considered to be by the Venetian Paris Bordone.

Associated names: 

Bordone, Paris, 1500-1571, Formerly attributed to.
Choiseul, Etienne-François, duc de, 1719-1785, former owner.
Salverte, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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