Niccolò Martinelli

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Niccolò Martinelli
Saint Matthew, Seated, with Angel, and Two Small Sketches of a Figure Holding a Scroll
ca. 1565-1568
Pen and brown ink and wash, white opaque watercolor, on gray-brown paper; squared in red chalk; small sketches at lower right in pen and black ink. Losses at corners. Lined.
16 x 10 3/8 inches (405 x 264 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Study for the Vault Fresco of the Choir, S. Maria in Aracoeli, Rome.


Inscribed at lower right, in graphite, "Farinat[i]"; at lower center, in black chalk, "16"; on verso of lining, at lower center, in graphite, "Drawing by Old Master"; and on paper label pasted on verso of lining, in brown ink, "11".

Hugh N. Squire, London; P & D Colnaghi and Co., London.
Associated names: 

Squire, Hugh N., former owner.


Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 114.
Selected references: Gere 1963, 10, 17, no. 31, pl. 3; Fellows Report 13 1964, 91; New York 1965-66, 78-79, no. 143.
Frederick B. Adams, Jr. (ed.), Thirteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library 1963 & 1964, New York, 1964, p. 91 (as Trometta).
Felice Stampfle and Jacob Bean, Drawings from New York collections. I: The Italian Renaissance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1965, pp.78-79, no. 143.
J.A. Gere, “Drawings by Niccolò Martinelli, Il Trometta,” Master Drawings 1, no. 4, Winter 1963, pp. 10, 17, no. 31, repr. (n.p.) pl. 4.
Frederick B. Adams, Jr., A review of acquisitions, 1949-1968 / Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1969, p. 155.
A review of acquisitions, 1949-1968 / Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : The Library, 1969, p. 155.

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