Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Studies for Figures of The Adoration of the Magi. Verso: Inscription in pen and brown ink
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and brown ink over red chalk; one sletch, pen and brown-black ink on laid paper; verso, pen and brown ink.
7 1/8 x 3 15/16 inches (182 x 100 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 66

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Inscribed at upper right in black chalk, 30. Verso: Inscription is possibly a list of materials, a bill for a patron, or a contract.

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, 66-67.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, 284, D62, repr. Verso is not published by Carminati.


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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