Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
1477-1523
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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Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 7. Verso: Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 8.
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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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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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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.

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