Bartolomeo Spani

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Bartolomeo Spani
Design for a Tabernacle
ca. 1500-1520
Pen and brown ink and wash, over stylus indentations, on paper.
10 x 6 1/2 inches (255 x 165 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 8

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.

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.
Marmitta, Francesco, approximately 1462-1505, 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, 8, repr.
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).

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