Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Michelangelo Buonarroti
David and Goliath. Verso: Ruled Architectural Studies
ca. 1550-1556
Black chalk on paper; verso: black chalk.
2 5/8 x 4 3/8 inches (68 x 111 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 32a

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See also group level record for I, 32a-d (Bib ID: 142150), and records for individual sheets.
All four drawings, I, 32a-d, once formed a single sheet. They were separated sometime since the death of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the painter and collector whose mark (the letters SR [R superscript] I R in a square) may be discerned in the lower left of each sketch. Michelangelo had earlier treated the subject in one of the spandrels of the Sistine Chapel.
Watermark: none.


Inscribed on verso, in graphite, "1".

Probably Daniele da Volterra (1509-1566), Rome; Jacopo Rocchetti (1592-1605), Rome; possibly Giuseppe Cesari (1568-1640), Rome; Cicciaporci family and by descent to Filippo Cicciaporci (1687-1760), Florence and Rome; Sir Joshua Reynolds, (1723-1792, Lugt 2364), London; John Campbell, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane (1796-1862), London; his sale, Christie's, London, 4 June 1886, lot 171; Frederick, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), London; his sale, Christie's, London, 16 July 1896, lot 44; Colnaghi, London; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased in London in 1910 by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913; no mark; see Lugt 1509), New York; J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Daniele, da Volterra, approximately 1509-1566, former owner.
Rocchetti, Jacopo, 1592-1605, former owner.
Cesari, Giuseppe, 1568-1640, former owner.
Cicciaporci, Filippo, 1687-1760, former owner.
Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792, former owner.
Breadalbane, John Campbell, Marquis of, 1796-1862, former owner.
Leighton of Stretton, Frederic Leighton, Baron, 1830-1896, former owner.
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.


Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 104.
Selected references: Thode 1902-13, 2:444-45; Berenson 1938, no. 1544E; Dussler 1959, no. 188; Hartt 1970, no. 463 (erroneously as no. 453); Tolnay 1975-80, 2: under no. 297, 3: nos. 370-73; Hirst 1988, 39; Perrig 1991, 103, 146n14; Montreal 1992, nos. 136-39; Thomas 2001, 49-50; Treves 2001, 39; Florence 2003-4, 44, 122-23; Chapman 2005, 265; New York 2006, no. 10; Acidini Luchinat 2007, no. 90; Zöllner, Thoenes, and Pöpper 2007, 754; New York 2017-18, 234-37 and nos. 213-16.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, no. 32, repr.
Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, no. 12.