The Annunciation, ca. 1546
Purchased on the Edwin Herzog Fund, 1999
Before entering Mariette’s collection, this drawing belonged to Pierre Crozat (1665–1740), a wealthy banker who was a close friend and fellow collector. In the catalogue of the Crozat sale, compiled by Mariette himself, the sheet was described as a “capital drawing” by the celebrated Mannerist Parmigianino. Only in the twentieth century have scholars recognized in this work the hand of Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli, a painter whose reputation had been forgotten in Mariette’s time but who was one of Parmigianino’s most talented successors in sixteenth-century Parma.
Not on view