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SS. Leonard, Mark, and Francis
ca. 1549-1551
Pen and gray-black ink, gray-black wash, with white opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on gray prepared laid paper; inscribed arc at top.
11 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches (287 x 210 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 88
Sir Peter Lely, London (1618-1680; Lugt 2092), London; Prosper Henricus Lankrink, London (1628-1692; Lugt 2090); Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), London (according to Mayor catalogue of 1875); William Mayor, London (d. 1874; Lugt 2799); 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.

John Marciari, Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice, New York, 2018, no. 10, fig. 17, repr.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 88, repr.


Watermark: none.
If Schiavone, the Bassano, and Tintoretto all represent variations on one Venetian approach to drawing, Paolo Veronese represents another. His work as a draftsman encompasses whole categories of drawings that these others never produced, including refined drawings like this example. In contrast to the impressionistic looseness of drawings by Schiavone or Bassano, Veronese's SS. Leonard, Mark, and Francis is carefully plotted and executed, not a sketch at all but a refined, finished work. Most of these so-called chiaroscuro drawings by Veronese, including this sheet, are neither preparatory studies nor records of paintings, but rather finished drawings made as ends in themselves. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice"

Associated names: 

Lely, Peter, Sir, 1618-1680, former owner.
Lankrink, Prosper Henricus, former owner.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Mayor, William, 1826-1892, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.

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