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Italian School
Lower Right Arm with Sleeve, Casting a Shadow
Red chalk on paper.
3 1/16 x 6 3/8 inches (78 x 162 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 21b

Inscription on verso of lining, in graphite, "9".

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

The present drawing is placed on the same mount as another study by the same hand, both of which were cataloged as by Jacopo Pontormo while in the Fairfax Murray collection, and later published as Rosso Fiorentino by Bernard Berenson. It is more likely by a seventeenth-century hand.1


  1. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, inv. IV, 21a.

Selected references: Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 4: no. 21 (as Jacopo Pontormo); Berenson 1938, 2: 315, no. 2448E (as Rosso Fiorentino).
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : drawings by the old masters formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, IV, 21b, repr.
Dervaux, Isabelle. Drawing connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne, and the old masters. New York: Morgan Library & Museum, 2007, p. 39, 42 (repr.)


Formerly attributed to Jacopo da Pontromo, Pontormo 1494-1556 Florence.
Watermark: none visible through lining.

Associated names: 

Rosso Fiorentino, 1494-1540, Formerly attributed to.
Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556, Formerly attributed to.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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