Bartolomeo Spani

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Bartolomeo Spani
Design for a Wall-Mounted Funerary Monument Surmounted by a Trophy Flanked by Two Soldiers
ca. 1500-1520
Pen and gray-brown ink, gray-brown wash over stylus indentations, on paper.
11 1/16 x 7 5/8 inches (283 x 193 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 43

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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.


Inscribed in lower right corner, in graphite, "5"; on verso, in graphite, "m B / 5".
Watermark: Two crossed arrows. (cf. Briquet 6300).

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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Master of the Codex Escurialensis, Circle of, Formerly attributed to.
Anonymous, Italian School, 16th cent., 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, 43. (as Lombard School, ca. 1500)
Fahy, Everett. Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe / di Everett Fahy. Firenze: A. Bruschi, 2000, 60, no. 651 (as circle of the Master of the Codex Escurialensis).

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