Francesco Granacci

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Francesco Granacci
Two Groups of Standing Apostles. Verso: Faint Skteches of Figures, Including an Angel
Black chalk, with white opaque watercolor, on light brown paper; verso: black chalk.
6 3/8 x 9 inches (162 x 227 mm; maximum dimensions)
Gift of Janos Scholz.

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Leaf from a sketchbook.
After Francesco Botticini, Florence 1446/7-1498 Florence.
The figures on the recto correspond to six of the apostles who surround the empty sarcophagus of the Virgin in Francesco Botticini's visionary painting "The Coronation of the Virgin", now in the National Gallery, London. The three apostles on the left in the Library's drawing stand to the right of the sarcophagus in the picture by Botticini, while the three on the right in the drawing appear on the left in the painting.


Inscribed in lower right corner, in pen and brown ink, "39"; on verso, at lower left, in pen and brown ink, "Lgruner".
Watermark: Indecipherable fragment, possibly part of a shield.

L. Gruner; purchased in New York in 1950 by Janos Scholz (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b)
Associated names: 

Ghirlandaio, Domenico, 1449-1494, Follower of, Formerly attributed to.
Scholz, János, former owner.
Gruner, L., former owner.


Tuscan and Venetian Drawings of the Quattrocento from the Collection of János Scholz. Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967, no. 20.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 343.

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