Inscribed at upper right, in pen and brown ink, "Afare azuro alume salegenie (?)/et affiro [zaffiro?] forte"; this probably alludes to a formula for mixing color. Above, inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, "5". Verso: Inscribed at upper right, in pen and brown ink, "6".
Watermark: Possibly an oval or building.
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, 31-32.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, p. 248-49, D24-25, repr.
One of thirty four sixteenth-century Italian drawings formerly mounted in a nineteenth-century album, the Cesare da Sesto Album.
Recto: Cf. Cesare da Sesto, A Satyr Embracing a Nymph; a Running Figure, pen and brown ink with red chalk, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan (Cod. F. 265 inf. 83).
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.