Attributed to Alessandro Casolani

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Attributed to Alessandro Casolani
approximately 1552-1607
Virgin and Child Enthroned, Distributing Rosaries to Saints Dominic and Catherine of Siena
Black and red chalk on laid paper.
8 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches (205 x 142 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
Armand François Louis de Mestral de Saint-Saphorin (1738-1805), Switzerland; Reichlen; Marmier (all three according to János Scholz records); purchased in Lausanne in 1950/5 (?) by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).

Once published as by the Florentine artist Alessandro del Barbiere, the drawing entered the collection with an attribution to Giovanni Battista Naldini.1 However, the ductus and figure types are more Sienese than Florentine, and the artist may be the Sienese Alessandro Casolani.


    1. Washington and New York 1973-74, 40-41, no. 30.



Selected references: Oakland and Berkeley 1961, no. 56 (as Naldini); Notre Dame 1967, no. 34 (as Naldini); Washington and New York 1973-74, 40-41, no. 30 (as Alessandro del Barbiere).
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, p. 40-41, no. 30, repr.


Watermark: none visible through lining.
Formerly attributed to and acquired as Giovanni Battista Naldini, Fiesole ca. 1537-1591 Florence; Alessandro Fei, called Alessandro del Barbiere (ca. 1538/43-1592).

Associated names: 

Naldini, Giovanni Battista, 1537-1591, Formerly attributed to.
Saint-Saphorin, Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de, 1738-1805, former owner.
Reichlen, former owner.
Marmier, André, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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