Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Study of St. John the Baptist and Other Figures. Verso: Study of a Bull
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink (upper figures); pen and brown ink over red chalk (lower figures); verso: red chalk, inscribed lines.
7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches (184 x 134 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 55 (recto) - II, 56 (verso

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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 verso is similar to several of Cesare da Sesto's drawings in Windsor (foglios 12362 and 12364).


Inscribed at upper center in pen and brown ink, 32; inscribed in upper right in pen and brown ink, 29. Verso: None.

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


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, 55-56.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, 272-273, D48-49, repr.

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