Bernardino Campi

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Bernardino Campi
Half-Length Figure of a High Priest, Holding a Vessel in his Left Hand, and a Plate with Bread in his Right Hand
ca. 1582
Brush and light brown wash, with white opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on paper; squared in black chalk.
3 1/8 x 3 inches (78 x 76 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

Inscribed at lower right, in graphite, "90"; on verso, an inscription in pen and brown ink cancelled in pen and black ink,; below this, in red chalk, Vallardi inventory number, "F 417"; to the left of center, in graphite, "N ̊10".

Giuseppe Vallardi (1784-1863), Milan (Lugt 1223); purchased in Boston in 1957 by Janos Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).

Stylistically comparable to a series of drawings of the story of Philemon and Baucis painted by Bernardino Campi 1582 in the Sala delle Olimpiadi of the Palazzo del Giardino in Sabbioneta. Five such studies are in Hamburg (Schaar 1997, no. 14), two in the Kunsthaus Heylshof in Worms and an eighth was in an English private collection.


Watermark: None visible through lining.
On same mat as 1993.341:2.

Associated names: 

Vallardi, Giuseppe, 1784-1861, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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