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Italian School
15th century
Standing Warrior, and Standing Figures Representing Charity, and Charity and Love Combined
ca. 1460-1475
Pen and brown ink and wash, over metalpoint (?), on prepared (?) paper.
3 7/8 x 5 7/16 inches (98 x 138 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 6:5

Inscribed by the artist, on banderoles helf by figures, in pen and brown ink, "CHARITAS / CHARITAS ED AMOR".

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

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


  1. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, inv. I, 6:1-I, 6:6.
  2. 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).

Associated names: 

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.

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