Alonso Cano

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Alonso Cano
1601-1667
The Virgin of Mercy in a Trompe l'Oeil Architectural Surround with an Eagle below
ca. 1667
Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk on laid paper.
8 7/8 x 6 3/8 inches (226 x 162 mm)
Purchased on the Fellows Fund with the special assistance of Mrs. James J. Rorimer.
1974.45
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Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower left, "Alo [o superscript] Co [o superscript]".

Provenance: 
Sir William Stirling-Maxwell.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 157.

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Watermark: none.
Possibly connected with Cano's project for the facade of the Granada Cathedral, of which he was appointed architect in May 1667.
This drawing depicts the Virgin of Mercy in a trompe l'oeil architectural surround, with an eagle below. While its attribution to Cano has been questioned, the sheet may be connected to his design for the facade of Granada cathedral, a project only realized after his death. The Virgin of Mercy, who shelters the faithful under her cloak, is relatively uncommon in seventeenth-century Spanish art outside of Catalonia. Nevertheless, the drawing may have been intended as a modello for one of the cathedral's sculpted reliefs. --Exhibition Label, from "Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings"

Associated names: 

Stirling Maxwell, William, Sir, 1818-1878, former owner.
Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), Mrs., donor.

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