Inscribed in pen and brown ink on recto and verso, "Tiarini".
Formerly in the Joseph F. McCrindle collection as by Alessandro Tiarini (1577-1668), this drawing may well be by Andrea Lilio as suggested by Rhoda Eitel-Porter (oral communication, 2010). It appears to be related to two paintings on vellum by Lilio, both painted ca. 1627 for Cardinal Francesco Barberini and conserved in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino (Massimo Pulini, Andrea Lilio, Milan, 2003, cat. nos. 110 and 111). Both the Morgan drawing and the first of the Urbino paintings depict Sts. Francis, Bonaventure, and Anthony, with St. Francis showing the stigmata and bearing a cross, St. Anthony holding a lily, and a skull below the cross. The painting includes the figure of the Blessed Leone, who is absent in the drawing. The drawing also includes an additional four angels supporting St. Francis. Moreover, the figures of Sts. Bonaventure and Anthony are reversed in the drawing and painting. Bonaventure, at bottom left on the Morgan sheet, the saint who interpreted and standardized the biography and teachings of St. Francis, holds a quill pen as his attribute. In the painting, he is the figure on the right, with arms raised in inspiration, as he listens to the words of St. Francis. On the right side of the Morgan drawing, St. Anthony holds a lily in his left hand and rests his right hand on a skull; however, in the painting, St. Anthony appears on the left. In the second of the Urbino paintings, which depicts Sts. Francis and James of the Marche, St. Francis is shown in an unusual, contorted pose quite similar to that of the same figure in the Morgan drawing. Aimee Ng.
Formerly attributed to Alessandro Tiarini (1577-1635)
McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.