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Italian School
16th century
Kneeling Cleric in a Cope (St. Ildefonso?), Virgin Seated on Clouds, and a Secondary Study for Kneeling Cleric. Verso: Section of Base of a Column, Nude Male Figure Seen from the Back, and Architectural Study
ca. 1540
Red chalk, over stylus indentations (Virgin), and pen and brown ink (secondary study of kneeling cleric), on paper; verso: pen and brown ink, and red chalk (architectural study), over stylus indentations indentations (base of a column and architectural study).
14 5/8 x 8 13/16 inches (371 x 223 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 187a, b

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Watermark: none.
The drawing was in the Fairfax Murray collection as by Baldassare Peruzzi and the attribution has since then wavered between Polidoro and Perino del Vaga.


Inscribed at upper center, in pen and brown ink, "A DEI GENITRIX" (this changed to "GENITALE") "VESTEM SACRAM / ACCIPIT D ALFONVS" (this changed to "ALFONSVS"); on verso, presumably by the artist, at center, left, just beneath base of a column, "Basa corytia" [i.e. Corinthian, or "conytia"?] "e stanza / in palazo magiore / una logia verso lago"; at lower center, in red chalk, turning sheet through 90° to left, labelling the architectural study, "stucco" (?); "bronza"; at upper right, upside down, and cut by edge of sheet, in red chalk, "[...]nza"; in lower right corner, upside down, in graphite, "1594".

Sir Charles Greville (1763-1832), English officer (Lugt 549); by descent to his nephew, George Guy Greville, fourth Earl of Warwick (1818-1893), Warwick Castle (Lugt 2600); 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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Polidoro, da Caravaggio, approximately 1495-approximately 1543, Circle of.
Perino, del Vaga, 1500 or 1501-1547, Possible attribution.
Peruzzi, Baldassarre, 1481-1536, Formerly attributed to.
Warwick, George Guy Greville, Earl of, 1818-1893, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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