Ludovico Mazzolino

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Ludovico Mazzolino
Christ Disputing with the Doctors in the Temple
Pen and brown ink and wash, with white opaque watercolor, on light brown washed paper, over black chalk; partially incised with stylus, varnished.
16 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches (423 x 394 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 93

Watermark: none visible through lining.
The drawing is a study for the altarpiece of "Christ among the Doctors", signed and dated 1524. Painted for Francesco Caprara for the church of S. Francesco in Bologna, now in the Nationalgalerie, Berlin.


Inscribed on mount, at lower left, in graphite, "21"; on the verso of lining, in pen and brown ink, "Poggiþs Sale / 1801 / 7.7.0"; in graphite, "Baldassare Peruzzi; 136".

Thomas Hudson, London (1701-1779; Lugt 2432), London; Palmerston; Antonio Cesare Poggi (1744-1836), London and Paris (according to inscription; no mark; see Lugt 617); possibly his sale, H. Philips, London, 24 April 1801, lot 84; Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Broadlands and London; by descent to Mary (née Clavering), Lady Palmerston (d. 1869), Broadlands; by descent to the Rt. Hon. Evelyn Ashley (1836-1908), Broadlands; his sale, Christie's, London, 24 April 1891, lot 135 (as Baldassare Peruzzi); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased in London in 1910 by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913; no mark; see Lugt 1509); J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Hudson, Thomas, 1701-1779, former owner.
Palmerston, former owner.
Poggi, Antonio Cesare, former owner.
Palmerston, Henry Temple, Viscount, 1739-1802, former owner.
Palmerston, Henry John Temple, Viscount, 1784-1865, former owner.
Palmerston, Emily Lamb, Viscountess, 1787-1869, former owner.
Ashley, Evelyn, 1836-1907, 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.


Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 77.
Selected references: London 1894, no. 85; Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 1: no. 93; Pouncey and Gere 1962, 1: under no. 56; Zamboni 1968, 8, 23, 37, 49; Bernardini 1990, 39n84; Birke and Kertész 1992-97, under inv. 24.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 93, repr.

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