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.
1973.43

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Inscription: 
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".
Provenance: 
"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).
Description: 

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.

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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.

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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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