Cesare da Sesto

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Cesare da Sesto
Studies of Decorations. Verso: Study of a Woman, possibly Eve
ca. 1508-1512
Pen and dark brown ink; verso: red chalk; pen trials in pen and brown ink.
3 1/2 x 5 inches (89 x 127 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 33b (recto, verso)

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This drawing [f. 33] is among twenty-six drawings on twenty-four leaves formerly mounted in an early nineteenth-century album bound in brown calf, with gold and blind tooling. The album contains 34 drawings, of which 24 are by Cesare da Sesto, as well as a series of ten smaller leaves by another sixteenth-century Italian hand(s). The album has since been dismantled and the leaves mounted separately.

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.
Carminati, Marco. Cesare da Sesto, 1477-1523. Milan : Jandi Sapi, 1994, p. 286, D65-66, repr. Not published in Fairfax Murray.

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