Attributed to Antonio Alberti

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Attributed to Antonio Alberti
active 15th century
Interior of a Wine Shop, with a Monkey Chained to the Bar
ca. 1420-1450
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on laid paper.
7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches (185 x 132 mm, maximum dimensions)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 75

Watermark: none.

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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Anonymous, Italian School, 15th cent, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 7.
Selected references: Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 2:75 (as Pisanello), Degenhart 1949, no. 11 (as Parmese- Cremonese school, between 1430 and 1460); Fossi Todorow 1966, no. 348; Fossi Todorow 1970, 16, 90; Stockholm 1970, no. 28 (as Italian school, Verona, mid- fifteenth century); Bellosi 1985, 37, 41-42 (as Antonio Alberti da Ferrara); Verona 1996, under no. 58; Bartolucci 2004, 32n6.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, II, 75.
Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 1927, Vol. XXII, No. 5, p. 137.

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