Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Studies for Two Male Figures, a Grotesque, the Virgin and Child with the Infant Christ and John the Baptist. Verso: Study for a Group with Hercules, Cupid and Onfale; Bust of a Woman
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink over red chalk; pen and brown-black ink; verso: pen and brown ink over black chalk; reinforcements in pen and dark brown ink.
7 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches (188 x 142 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 49 (recto) - II, 50 (verso

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Inscribed at upper right in pen and brown ink, 23. Verso: Inscribed at upper right in pen and dark brown ink, 24.

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, 49-50.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, 266-267, D42-43, 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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