Virgin and Child with St. John the Evangelist

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Federico Barocci
1528-1612
Virgin and Child with St. John the Evangelist
ca. 1565-1567
Colored chalks, on blue laid paper; squared in red and black chalk, varnished.
19 x 15 7/8 inches (481 x 404 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1978.37
Published: 
ca. 1565-1567
Provenance: 
Edward (1857-1933) and Mary (1871-1956) Brandegee, Boston (Lugt Suppl. 1860c); János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
Inscription: 

Inscribed on verso of mount, in graphite, "201/008; No. 9 Francesco Vanni" (cancelled); beneath this, in graphite, "Barocci"; in blue crayon, "6."

Notes: 

Watermark: none visible through lining.
The drawing is a late compositional study for the painting Virgin and Child with Saint John the Evangelist in a Landscape (Madonna di San Giovanni), executed by Barocci ca. 1565 as a votive gift for the church of the Capuchin Fathers at Crocicchia, and now in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche at Urbino. The drawing is the earliest connected pastel study by Barocci to survive; the technique of drawing in colored chalk may have resulted from the exposure to Correggio's drawings.

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