Attributed to Francesco Fontebasso

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Attributed to Francesco Fontebasso
Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on paper.
18 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (470 x 343 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 79
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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 79, repr.


Formerly attributed to Anonymous, Italian school, probably Venetian.
A painter, printmaker, and draftsman, Fontebasso began as a pupil of Sebastiano Ricci but clearly also admired the work of Giambattista Tiepolo. Although long classified as an anonymous work, this densely hatched drawing, which may have been made for sale to a collector rather than as a study for a painting or print, is close in style to others by Fontebasso and may well be by him. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"

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Anonymous, Italian School, 18th cent, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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