Bartolomeo Neroni

Download image: 
Bartolomeo Neroni
approximately 1505-1571
Street Scene for Alessandro Piccolomini's play "L'Ortensio" behind a Proscenium Arch
Pen and brown ink and wash, on paper.
11 x 11 1/8 inches (280 x 382 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

Download verso image: 

Inscribed on verso of mount, at upper center, in graphite, "Marque de la Collection Fleury Heŕard"; beneath this, "[inscription in Russian]", followed by illegible inscription in Russian; "285 (in a rectangle)"; to the right of this, in graphite, "Maître italien de la seconde moitie du XVI S"; further inscriptions, in graphite, "1156; Panini; N[superscript o]=276"; at lower right, in black chalk, "3076"; at lower left, in graphite, "[...] / XVII è / fête 20 (?)".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis in circle.
Watermark: Fragment, on mount.

Flury Hérard, Paris (Lugt 1015, No 515); Alexandre Benois, Paris; unidentified collector (mark, in black ink, in lower right corner, A? in a circle); purchased by Donald Oenslager in 1963.

Oenslager, Donald M. Four Centuries of Scenic Invention : Drawings from the Collection of Donald Oenslager. Washington, D.C. : International Exhibitions Foundation, 1974, p. 16-17, no. 4, repr.
Oenslager, Donald M. Stage design : four centuries of scenic invention. New York : Viking Press, 1975, p. 32-33, no. 5, repr.
See letters of Carlo Alberto Chiesa and Per Bjurstrom for further information regarding this sketch.


"L'Ortensio" was first performed on the occasion of the Duke Cosimo di Medici's first visit to Siena.

Associated names: 

Flury-Hérard, former owner.
Benois, Alexandre, 1870-1960, former owner.
Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975, former owner.
Piccolomini, Alessandro, 1508-1578 L'Ortensio.

Artist page: