Attributed to Luis de Vargas

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Attributed to Luis de Vargas
ca. 1505-1567
Seated Virgin and Child. Verso: Saint George and Standing Female Nude, Partially Draped, after Cesare da Sesto
ca. 1540-53
Pen and brown ink on paper; remnants of framing lines in pen and brown ink at left and bottom; verso: pen and brown ink.
5 7/16 x 4 inches (137 x 103 mm)
Bequest of Belle da Costa Greene.

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Inscribed in brown ink at upper right, "Luis de Varg[as]/ 2"; color notations near figure; at left, "Sesto"; on verso, "Cesare da Sesto".
Belle da Costa Greene (1883-1950), New York.

Watermark: none.
The recto and the study of the man in armour on the verso are after the altarpiece of the "Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and George", painted by Cesare da Sesto, ca. 1513, for the Oratorio di San Giorgio dei Genovesi adjacent to the church of San Domenico in Messina, and now in the De Young Memorial Museum of San Francisco.