Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli

Download image: 
Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli
approximately 1500-1569
Annunciation to the Virgin, in a Lunette
Pen and brown ink and wash, lead white opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on laid paper; incised with stylus and compass.
8 x 13 3/8 inches (204 x 339 mm)
Purchased on the Edwin Herzog Fund.

Before entering Mariette's collection, this drawing belonged to Pierre Crozat (1665-1740), a wealthy banker who was a close friend and fellow collector. In the catalogue of the Crozat sale, compiled by Mariette himself, the sheet was described as a "capital drawing" by the celebrated Mannerist Parmigianino. Only in the twentieth century have scholars recognized in this work the hand of Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli, a painter whose reputation had been forgotten in Mariette's time but who was one of Parmigianino's most talented successors in sixteenth century Parma. -- Exhibition Label, from "Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings."


Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink: "francesco Parmesan"; to the right of this, in darker ink: "3"; on verso, at lower edge, in graphite: "Vte[te superscript] Mariette No[o superscript] 504 300 livres"; on separate piece of paper pasted in lower right corner of verso, stamped in black ink and underlined in red ink: "278".
Watermark: Possibly letters "GH" with trefoil above on drawing, and stem with "grapes" at end (probably in lining?). Partly indecipherable because of lining.

Pierre Crozat (1665-1740), Paris; his sale, Paris, 10 April-13 May 1741, lot 348 "Un Dessein capital. L'Annonciation de la sainte Vierge" as Parmigianino, 70 livres to Gouvernet; possibly Charles-Frédéric de la Tour du Pin, marquis de Gouvernet (1694-1775), Paris; Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774), Paris (Lugt 1852 [2097?]); his sale, Paris, 15 November 1775-30 January 1776, lot 504 "François Mazzuola, dit le Parmésan: Une Annonciation. Sujet en travers & ceintré du haut; c'est un des plus précieux morceaux qui puisse se rencontrer de la main de cet Artiste: il est à la plume & lavé de bistre", 300 livres bought by Debaussete; Hippolyte Alexander Gabriel Walter Destailleur (1822-1893), Paris; his sale, Paris, 19-23 May 1896, probably lot 788; Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919), Paris (Lugt 421); his sale Paris, 8-10 June 1920, lot 37, repr., (as Parmigianino); M. Heim-Garac, Paris; Thomas Leclaire Kunsthandel, Hamburg [Handzeichnungen und Aquarelle 1500-1900, Hamburg 1987, no. 6]; sale, New York, Christie's, 28 January 1999, lot 2 as Bedoli; Flavia Ormond, London, from whom purchased.
Associated names: 

Crozat, M. (Pierre), 1661-1740, former owner.
La Tour du Pin Gouvernet, Charles-Frédéric, marquis de, 1694-1775, former owner.
Mariette, Pierre-Jean, 1694-1774, former owner.
Destailleur, Hippolyte Alexandre Gabriel Walter, 1822-1893, former owner.
Beurdeley, Alfred, 1847-1919, former owner.


Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 83.
Selected references: Popham 1964, no. 25; Copertini 1968, 125n2; Popham and Di Giampaolo 1971, no. 16; Di Giampaolo et al. 1979, no. 18; Di Giampaolo 1997, no. 118.