Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Study of Two Female Saints Holding Palms and a Winged Angel Beneath. Verso: Studies of Two Female Figures, Putti, Infant Christ and St. John, Leda and the Swan, A Male Figure Wearing a Grotesque Headpiece Ridden by a Putto and a Helmeted Head in Left Profile
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and light brown ink over red and black chalk (left figure); pen and light brown ink over red chalk (right figure and angel), on laid paper; verso: pen and brown ink; pen and brown ink over red chalk (bottom right sketch). Putti at upper right, pen and brown ink, inscribed for transfer.
7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (191 x 141 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 33 (recto) - II, 34 (verso

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One of thirty four sixteenth-century Italian drawings formerly mounted in a nineteenth-century album, the Cesare da Sesto Album.
Verso: Study of Christ Child in upper right on verso is reminiscent of Raphael's painting Madonna Bridgewater, in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.


Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 7. Verso: Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 8.

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


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, 33-34.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, p. 250-251, D26-27, repr.

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