Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Studies of Mars, Venus and Cupid; Adam and Eve; a Grotesque; and Other Figures. Verso: Studies of Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge and Two Figures.
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink, inscribed lines; verso: pen and brown-black ink; red chalk over pen and brown ink.
7 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches (197 x 143 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 37 (recto) - II, 38 (verso

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Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 11. Verso: Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 12.

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, 37-38.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, p. 253-255, D30-31, repr.


One of thirty four sixteenth-century Italian drawings formerly mounted in a nineteenth-century album, the Cesare da Sesto Album.
According to Carminati (1994), the studies of Adam and Eve on verso resemble Raphael's Adam and Eve on the ceiling of the Stanza della Segnatura, 1508-11.

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

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