Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello

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Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello
Inferno, Canto XIII. Virgil and Dante in the Forest of Those of Who Have Committed Suicide. They Meet Piero delle Vigne, Lano da Siena, and Giacomo da Sant' Andrea Chased by Dogs. Six Harpies in the Forest. At top, a town
Pen and brown ink on paper.
8 1/8 x 11 inches (207 x 280 mm)
Gift of Mr. H.P. Kraus.

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Inscribed by the artist in pen and brown ink, at upper left, "violenti [contro] se stessi, et ne proprij beni /... in tronchi"; below this, throughout labelling the figures, "neso; V[ergil]; D[ante]"; on the right, "nere cagne"; below this, "dante rompe / una fraschetta / d'un gran ramo / et risponde e / gocciola dalla / fer[ita] sangue; below this, piero dalle / vigne; grano di spel..[...]"; to the right, "jacopo; lano sanese"; further to the right, "jacopo padov[an]o"; beneath this, "jacopo[pado]vano"; above and to the right of this, "lano sanese".

J. I. Davis, London; H. P. Kraus (1907-1988), Vienna and New York, by whom presented to the Pierpont Morgan Library in 1966.

Rhoda Eitel-Porter, "Drawings for the Woodcut Illustrations to Alessandro Vellutello's 1544 Commentary on Dante's Comedia", Print Quarterly, XXXVI, March 2019, pp. 3-17
Matthew Collins, "The Forgotten Morgan Dante Drawings, Their Influence on the Marcolini Commedia of 1544, and Their Place within a Visually-Driven Discourse on Dante's Poem," Dante Studies 136 (2018): 93-132.
Lamberto Donati, "Commento ad una serie di disegni del XVI secolo illustranti la Divina Commedia", La Bibliofilia, LXV, 1963, fig. 8.
Adams, Frederick B., Jr., ed. Fifteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1967 & 1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 91-92.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 150.


Watermark: none.
Formerly attributed to Italian School, 16th cent.

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Anonymous, Italian School, 16th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Davis, J. Irving, 1889-1967, former owner.
Kraus, Hans Peter, 1907-1988, former owner.
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, Divina Commedia.