Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello

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Attributed to Alessandro Vellutello
Purgatorio, Canto XXXII. Dante, Stazio and Matilda, and a Further Female Figure (Beatrice?) Looking at the Tree of Eden; Cart Representing the Church with the Prostitute Representing the Roman Curia on it, Dragged by the Giant Representing France
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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Watermark: none.
Formerly attributed to Italian School, 16th cent.


Inscribed by the artist, in pen and brown ink, at the center, labelling the figures, "D[ante], S[tazio], M[etelda]"; at the upper right, "Eunoe"; below this, "q[ues]to [to superscript] fiume Eunoe ha proprieta / di ricordarsi il bene"; to the right of this, "il fiume Lethe ha proprieta di / dimenticarsi il male"; below this, "Lethe"; below this, to the left, "olivo delle q[ua]le se ne corona i poeti".

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


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. 12.
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.