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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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.

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.


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).

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

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