approximately 1480-approximately 1534
Male Nude Striding to the Left. Verso: Two Studies of Legs
Pen and brown ink on paper; verso: pen and brown ink.
6 3/8 x 2 3/4 inches (161 x 69 mm); 6 x 2 3/4 inches (151 x 69 mm; original sheet)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
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Inscribed on verso, in pen and brown ink, "Briarous(?) / Trimbous. / pallas. / Mars. N.n / Niobis / Saul / Aragnas / Rebous"; at upper right, in black chalk, "P/107".
Captain Carlo Prayer, Milan (1826-1900; Lugt 2044); 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.
As Marcello Calogero has noted, the inscriptions on the verso name the mythological and biblical figures from Dante meets in Canto XII of the Purgatory: the Giant Breareo, Apollo (Timbreo), Athena (Pallas), Mars, the giant Nembrod, Niobe, Saul, Arachne, and Roboam.
Prayer, Carlo, 1826-1900, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.