Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello

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Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello
Inferno, Canti XXVI-XXVII. Circle of the False Counselors: Virgil and Dante Proceed Towards the Middle of the Circle, Where the False Counselors are Enveloped in Flames; They Meet Ulysses and Diomedes Enveloped by a Bifurcated Flame; They Meet Count Guido da Montefeltro
Pen and brown ink on paper.
8 1/8 x 11 inches (207 x 280 mm)
Gift of Mr. H.P. Kraus.
1966.12:9

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Inscribed by the artist, in pen and brown ink, at upper left, "[..]so[..] fiamma mie dentro un anima et la fia[m]ma in / [che dansa(?) a modo di lingua con la q[u]a [a superscript]le parlano a dante / [...] li con novembre(?) marino(?)"; below this, throughout labelling the figures, "V[ergil]; D[ante]"; at upper left, "Ulisse; Diomede"; to the right of this, "co[n]te guido da / mo[n]tefeltro, che Minos sduolse(?) [ie. svolse] 8. / volte la coda e lo mando' qui"; to the right, "falsi & astuti / FRAUDOLE[N]TI CONSIGLIERI"; at upper right, "OTTAVO CERCH[IO] / 8a [a superscript] Bolgia"; at lower left, "il ponte ronchioso talche lo pie senza la man non si s[ped]ia. Dante s' appoggia et piglia con la mano un ronchione altrime[nti]".
Watermark: Shield with a star inside, fragment.

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

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. 10.
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.

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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.

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