Perino del Vaga

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Perino del Vaga
1500 or 1501-1547
Seated Figure of St. John the Evangelist in a Spandrel. Verso: A Ceiling Decoration, and Studies of Standing and Seated Figures
ca. 1538-1547
Pen and brown ink on paper.
10 x 16 7/8 inches (255 x 429 mm)
Gift of the Kasper Collection.

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Possibly Ackermann & Sauerwein, Frankfurt am Main Sauerwein collection, Munich; By descent to Ingeborg Tremmel, Fürstenfeldbruck, near Munich; Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., London, 2005; Herbert Kasper (1926-2020), New York.

One of the most impressive drawings by Perino del Vaga, the recto of this large sheet features a vigorous sketch for a spandrel with Saint John the Evangelist. Both it and the ceiling design on the verso include Perino's typically mannered, elegant figures and probably relate to a commission from the 1540s, when he was arguably the leading painter active in Rome.
Watermark: Lamb with penent inside circle, (Agnus Dei). Watermark, beta radiograph. lamb, pennant, circle, Agnus Dei.

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