Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello

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Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello
Inferno, Canto XX. The Circle of Soothsayers; Dante is Carried by Virgil; On the Bridge They Meet Figures with Their Heads Turned Backwards. 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, "[...]na di costoro hanno il viso volto alle rene / caminano all' indietro, con passo lento"; at upper right, "OTTAVO CERC[HIO] / 4a [a superscript]Bolgia"; throughout, labelling the figures, "V[ergil]; D[ante]; anfiarao; tiresia; aronta; manto; michele scotto; euripide; guido bonatti astrologo; asdente; streghe; incantatrice; indovine"; at right on the wall, "indovini / streghe / astrologi / incantatrici".
Watermark: Shield, with a six-pointed star inside, upper half, fragment.

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. 9.
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.


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.