Girolamo Siciolante

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Girolamo Siciolante
Standing Woman
ca. 1560-1563
Black chalk and opaque white watercolor on blue paper.
9 3/4 x 7 inches (248 x 177 mm)
Gift of the Kasper Collection.

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Comte J. von Ross (1787-1848; Lugt 2693); Gallery Sieiferheld, New York; Hans Calman, London, 1960; Christie's, New York, January 10, 1996, lot 105; Herbert Kasper (1926-2020), New York.

Active in Rome during the Counter-Reformation, Siciolante over the course of his career turned from the mannerist style of his master, Perino del Vaga, to a more normative style based on life studies like this drawing. This beautiful drapery study on blue paper is preparatory for the fresco of the Visitation in the so-called Fugger Chapel in Santa Maria dell'Anima, the church of the German congregation in Rome. It is the first drawing by the artist in the Morgan collection.
Watermark: Fragment, diagonal in circle. Watermark, beta radiograph. circle 435039wm_2020_52_WM_beta.jpg

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