Attributed to Fra Bartolomeo

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Attributed to Fra Bartolomeo
1472-1517
Virgin and Child and Standing Infant (St. John the Baptist?). Verso: Two Standing Draped Male Figures
Black chalk on paper; verso: black chalk, pen trials in brown ink.
8 3/16 x 9 7/8 inches (209 x 247 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1986.89

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Moscardo Collection, Verona, which passed to Marquis de Calceolari (according to Scholz records; no mark; see under Lugt S. 2990a-g); János Scholz, New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
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Though poorly preserved and somewhat uninspired, the drawing may well be by Fra Bartolommeo himself, despite affinities with the work of Mariotto Albertinelli. A drawing with two studies for a standing Saint Sebastian and a further one of two standing nude boys, both in the Uffizi, are comparable in the handling of the black chalk (inv. 364F; von Holst 1974, 312, no. 44 and inv. 361F).

Bibliography: 

Oakland and elsewhere 1961, no. 33; Hamburg and Cologne 1963-64, no. 59; Milwaukee 1964, no. 4; Los Angeles and elsewhere 1967-68, no. 14.
Drawings from Tuscany and Umbria, 1350-1700. Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, University of California Art Gallery, Berkeley. Berkeley : Gillick, 1961, no. 13.
Italienische Meisterzeichnungen vom 14. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert aus amerikanischem Besitz : Die Sammlung János Scholz, New York. Hamburg : H. Christians, 1963, no. 59.
Tuscan and Venetian Drawings of the Quattrocento from the Collection of János Scholz. Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967, no. 14.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 370.

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Watermark: fragmentary, animal (boar?) within an odd format. (cf. Briquet IV, 13588. Nates (in Loire), 1490).

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