Inscribed by the artist, on banderoles helf by figures, in pen and brown ink, "CHARITAS / CHARITAS ED AMOR".
The present sheet, along with five others in the Morgan’s collection, was once part of a sketchbook.1 Ruth Goebel noted that these drawings seem to derive from nielli (email to Morgan curators, 1999). For instance, the Judgement of Paris and the Three Monks of inv. I, 6:1 are similar in type to nielli designs of the same subjects.2
- Morgan Library & Museum, New York, inv. I, 6:1-I, 6:6.
- Hind 1936, 19, no. 141; Blum 1950, 13-14, nos. 16, 24.
Selected references: Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 1: no. 6 (as Florentine school, fifteenth century).
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 6, repr. (as Florentine school, fifteenth century).
Watermark: none visible through lining.
One of a series of six leaves from a sketchbook on one mat (I, 6:1-I, 6:6).
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.