Girolamo Muziano

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Girolamo Muziano
Arrest of Christ
ca. 1560-1565
Black chalk and white opaque watercolor on blue paper; squared in red chalk. Composition delineated at upper and lower right by diagonal lines. Laid down on old mount.
9 3/8 x 9 5/8 inches (235 x 244 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Study for "The Consignment of the Keys to St. Peter", altarpiece in S. Maria degli Angeli, Rome.


Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, "P. vago"; at lower right, in pen and gray-brown ink, a symbol looking like a vertical line with a loop on either side; to the right of this, in pen and brown ink, "60.R"; on mount, at center, just beneath the drawing, in graphite, "Pierin del Vaga 1500-1547"; on verso of mount, in graphite, "2289 (encircled)"; "L 45 000".

Private collection (noble family), Sicily (according to János Scholz who presumably knew this from Aeschlimann of Hoepli [probably Erhard Aeshlimann]); Libreria Antiquaria Hoepli, Milan, from whom purchased in 1954 by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).
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Scholz, János, former owner.


The Life of Christ. Drawings from the János Scholz Collection: Italian Drawings from the 16th through the 18th Century, exh. cat., University of Notre Dame Art Gallery, South Bend, Indiana, 1964, no. 44 (Girolamo Muziano).
Charles Ryskamp ed., Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library 1978-1980, New York, 1981, p. 206 (Girolamo Muziano).
Richard-Raymond Alasko with a further essay by Lawrence S. Lowic, Religious Narrative in 16th Century Rome, exh. cat., Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1983, no. 26, p. 68.
John Marciari, Girolamo Muziano and Art in Rome, circa 1550-1600, Ph.D. diss., Yale University, 2000, pp. 300-301, 510, fig. 355.
Felice Stampfle, and Jacob Bean. Drawings from New York collections. I: The Italian Renaissance. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1965, no. 123, repr.
Michelangelo and his World, with Drawings from the British Museum. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 32.

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