Bartolomeo Spani

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Bartolomeo Spani
Design for a Wall Tomb, with God the Father Adored by Two Angels in a Lunette
ca. 1500-1520
Pen and brown ink and wash, with light pink wash (architectural detail) on paper; stylus indentations.
15 5/16 x 10 13/16 inches (390 x 274 mm, maximum dimensions)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 81

Marcello Calogero has recognized that this is one of four drawings at the Morgan (including I, 8; I, 9; I, 43; and I, 81) -- all previously anonymous -- that can be attributed to the goldsmith and sculptor Bartolomeo Spani. The four sheets, and two others whose present whereabouts are unknown, were framed together when in the collection of Stefano Bardini in Florence. See Fahy, Everett, Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe / di Everett Fahy (Firenze: A. Bruschi, 2000), 60.

Stefano Bardini (1836-1922), Florence; 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.
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Anonymous, Italian School, 16th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Master of the Codex Escurialensis, Circle of, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 81 (as Italian school, ca. 1510).
Fahy, Everett. Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe / di Everett Fahy. Firenze: A. Bruschi, 2000, 60, no. 654 (as circle of the Master of the Codex Escurialensis).
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old

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