Jacopo Bassano

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Jacopo Bassano
approximately 1518-1592
Head of an Old Man with White Beard, Turned to the Right
Colored chalks, dampened and stumped, on paper.
10 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (274 x 188 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

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Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "Bassano"; on verso, at upper left, in red chalk, "A"; at upper center, in pen and black ink, "7'.; below, in charcoal "(?), S P"; in pen and dark brown ink, "B.B. n:o58"; in pen and black ink, "COM"; in graphite, "S. 1003; lyons; com; Paul Véronèse (cancelled); (187-273)"; at lower right in blue ball point pen, "Propriété d'Hubert Marignane / Reservé / Marignane".
"Borghese"-Sagredo, Venice (?) (inscription on verso Lugt 2103a); Maurice Marignane (b. 1879), Paris (Lugt 1872); Hubert Marignane (b. 1921) (Lugt Suppl. 1343a); purchased in Geneva in 1956 by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b) (according to János Scholz records).

Roger Rearick argued that this drawing is undoubtedly by Jacopo Bassano but has suffered extensive water damage, which somewhat distorts its appearance. Rearick proposed a date of about 1564 and noted similarities to the figure of St. Peter in Bassano’s Sts. Peter and Paul in the Galleria Estense, Modena.


Oakland and San Francisco 1959, no. 5; New York 1960; New York 1961(d), no. 3; Columbia 1961, no. 1; Hamburg and Cologne 1963-64, no. 10; New Haven 1964a, no. 25; New York 1965-66, 68, no. 113; Middletown 1969, no. 19; New York 1971, no. 4; Washington and New York 1973-74, 134, no. 108; New York 1974 (a), 46; Scholz 1976, no. 56, 56; Olszewski 1981, no. 96; Bloomington and elsewhere 1983-84, no. 9; Rearick 1987, no. 8, pl. c.
Scholz 1959, no. 5, repr.
Scholz 1963-64, no. 10.
Oberhuber, Konrad, and Dean Walker. Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings From the Collection of János Scholz. Washington, D.C. : National Gallery of Art ; New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973, no. no. 108, repr. (includes previous bibliography and exhibitions).
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 151.
Scholz, Janos. Italian Master Drawings, 1350-1800, from the János Scholz Collection. New York : Dover, 1976. no. 56, repr.


Watermark: anchor in circle, surmounted by leaves (not visible to the naked eye) (cf. Briquet I, 567. Mantova (Mantua).
Irregularly trimmed.

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