Attributed to Cesare Franchi

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Attributed to Cesare Franchi
approximately 1555-1595
Baptism of Christ with God
Pen and brown ink with gray wash and red, black, and white chalk on laid paper.
7 1/2 x 5 9/16 inches (191 x 141 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
Lorna Lowe (d. 1767); Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A0554A).

Listed as by an anonymous sixteenth-century artist in the inventory of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, the drawing may be by Pollino, as suggested by Rhoda Eitel-Porter in 2009. Pollino was a miniaturist and painter active in his native Perugia and in Rome (on the confusion surrounding the surname, see Mario di Giampaolo, "Cesare Franchi detto il Pollino," in Nel Segno di Barocci, Milan, 2005, pp. 312). His early training is unknown, but his stylistic dependence on Barocci is clear. Several of his drawings bear the inscription, "Cesare Pollino allievo di Barocci." The drawing is comparable in style to other studies by the artist, although the tight cross-hatching in the shadows of the Morgan drawing are rare in Pollino's work. Aimee Ng
Formerly attributed to Anonymous, 16th. c.

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Lowe, Lorna, former owner.
McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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