Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Judith with the Head of Holofernes. Verso: Study of a Woman with a Putto, possibly Venus and Cupid
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink over red chalk on laid paper; verso: pen and black ink, over pen and brown ink, over red chalk.
7 7/16 x 5 5/16 inches (189 x 135 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 27 (recto) - II, 28 (verso

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Inscribed at upper right in pen and black ink, 1. Verso: Inscribed at upper left in pen and black ink, 2.
Watermark: Hand with letter 'b' inside.

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.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, II, 27-28.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, p. 245-46, D20-21.


One of thirty four sixteenth-century Italian drawings formerly mounted in a nineteenth-century album, the Cesare da Sesto Album.

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

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