Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Study for a Grotesque and Virgin and Child. Verso: Study for a Grotesque
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink over red chalk; verso: pen and brown ink.
7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches (185 x 132 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 45 (recto) - II, 46 (verso

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Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 19. Verso: Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 20.

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 (repr.)
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan: Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London: Privately Printed, 1905-1912, II, 45-46.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, 262-263, D38-39, repr.


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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