Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
St. George and the Dragon, St. Michael and Satan, St. Michael with a Lance and Putti with Hippogriff. Verso: Study for a Male Figure, Possibly St. George, Wielding a Sword; Standing Figure Holding a Vase, Seen From Behind
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink over red chalk; pen and brown ink (lower left sketch), on laid paper; Verso: pen and brown ink over red chalk
11 3/16 x 7 5/16 inches (284 x 186 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 26

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Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, "Lionardo da Vinci"

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

Rhoda Eitel-Porter and and John Marciari, Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2019, no. 36 (repr.)
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, II, 26.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, p. 244-45, D18 (recto) and D19 (verso).


One of thirty four sixteenth-century Italian drawings formerly mounted in a nineteenth-century album, the Cesare da Sesto Album.
According to Carminati, image of St. Michael on recto similar to Raphael's painting St. Michael Trampling the Dragon (Le Petit Saint Michel), 1515-1518, in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (n. inv. 608).

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Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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