Bartolomeo Spani

Download image: 
Bartolomeo Spani
Altar or Pax Depicting a Pietà with St Francis and a Further Monastic Saint
ca. 1500-1520
Pen and brown ink on paper.
8 x 5 5/8 inches (202 x 143 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 9

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.


Watermark: none visible through lining.
Inscribed at upper right, in pen and brown ink, "3"[...; cut]; on verso, in graphite, "9"; "45" (encircled); "H"; note on mat: "Florentine."

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.
Associated names: 

Anonymous, Italian School, 15th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Master of the Codex Escurialensis, Circle of, Formerly attributed to.
Bardini, Stefano, 1836-1922, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 9 (as Italian school, XV century).
Fahy, Everett. Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe / di Everett Fahy. Firenze: A. Bruschi, 2000, 60 no. 653 (as circle of the Master of the Codex Escurialensis).

Artist page: