Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
1477-1523
Studies of Six Figures, the Judgment of Solomon, the Virgin and Child and Grotesques. Verso: Judith with the Head of Holofernes, David with the Head of Goliath, the Virgin and Child and Grotesques
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink over black chalk and red chalk; Pen and brown ink over red chalk (VIrgin and child), on laid paper Verso: Pen and brown ink over red chalk (Judith); pen and brown ink over black chalk.
7 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches (187 x 141 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 47 (recto) - II, 48 (verso

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Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 21; inscribed above this in pen and brown ink is an illegible inscription, "Dapoi che fido [corto]". Verso: Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, "22".

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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.
Bibliography: 

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, 47-48.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, 264-265, D 40-41, 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.

Associated names: 

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

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