Piero di Cosimo

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Piero di Cosimo
St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata. Verso: Fragmentary Study of the Virgin Kneeling and Holding the Christ Child
Pen and brown ink, white opaque watercolor, over metalpoint, on blue prepared paper; the drawing was cut in two, vertically at center, probably when it was mounted in the eighteenth century; the two parts were reattached in 1974 by János Scholz; framing lines, at left, top, and right of each of the two fragments, in pen and brown ink and gold; verso: pen and brown ink.
4 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (110 x 147 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

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Illegible inscription, in pen and brown ink, at upper left; inscribed on Richardson mount, at lower center, in pen and brown ink, "Leonardo da Vinci"; above this, just to the left of the decorative border on the right half of drawing, in pen and black ink, "888"; on verso, in pen and brown ink, Richardson's pressmarks, "A.55. / B.50. / J 53. / D."

Jonathan Richardson Sr., London (1665-1745; Lugt 2184); Sir J.C. Robinson, London (1824-1913; Lugt 1433); Gruner; Wadsworth, Avon, New York; from whom purchased in New York in 1948? by János Scholz (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
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Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Gruner, former owner.
Wadsworth, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.


Scholz, CRIA, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, 1967, no. 40 (includes previous bibliography and exhibitions).
Italian Master Drawings from the Collection of János Scholz, Esq. Exhibited at the Charles L. Tutt Library. Colorado Springs : Colorado College, 1967, 11, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 208-209.

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