Lelio Orsi

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Lelio Orsi
1511-1587
Two Friezes with Framed Panels with Narrative Scenes and Figures. Verso of upper strip: Sheet of Studies: Dead Christ, Drapery Study for Same Figure, Sleeping Child with a Flock of Birds on its Chest, and Architectural Studies
ca. 1560s
Pen and brown ink on two sheets of paper joined horizontally; verso: pen and brown ink.
8 1/4 x 10 15/16 inches (210 x 277 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1973.34

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Inscription: 

Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink: "lelio".

Provenance: 
Heinrich Beckmann, Bremen (Lugt Suppl. 2756a); Walter Schatzki (1899-1983), New York, from whom bought in 1959 (according to János Scholz's records. A letter to Dr. Walter Hugelshofer (1899-1987), Zurich of 23 November 1959 confirms this purchase: "Ich habe ein Kapitalblatt, frueh, vom Lelio Orsi ergattert, sehr an Correggio erinnert es mich") by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).
Bibliography: 

Seventeenth report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974 / edited by Charles Ryskamp. New York : The Library, 1976, p. 175.
Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings from the Collection of János Scholz, exhibition catalogue by Konrad Oberhuber and Dean Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1973-1974, no. 61, repr. (includes full bibliography and exhibitions).

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Verso of upper strip: drapery study, sketch for a dead Christ, sleeping child, and various decorative elements.
Watermark: none.

Associated names: 

Beckmann, Heinrich, former owner.
Schatzki, Walter, 1899-1983, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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