Francesco Piranesi

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Francesco Piranesi
1756-1810
Study after Statue of Standing Youth
ca. 1780-1792
Pen and gray-black ink, over black chalk, on paper.
7 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches (191 x 160 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:130
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Inscribed at upper right, in pen and brown ink, "[L]Ancelotti (?)"; numbered at lower center, in graphite, "93".

Provenance: 
Mrs. J.P. Morgan, New York; by descent to her sons Junius S. Morgan, Princeton and Paris (no mark, see Lugt 1536) and Henry S. Morgan, New York.
Bibliography: 

Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 130, repr.

Notes: 

This depiction of an ancient Roman statue from the Lancelotti collection in Rome is one of a series of drawings by Francesco Piranesi probably made in connection with his "Raccolta di Statue Antiche." In addition to the three drawings at the Morgan (inv. 1966.11:128, 1966.11:129, and 1966.11:130), further studies from the set are found in the Piranesi albums at the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe.

Associated names: 

Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.

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