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Design for the Decoration of a Spandrel Containing a Cartouche / Study for the Three Protagonists in a Composition of the Sposalizio of the Virgen
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Design for the Decoration of a Spandrel Containing a Cartouche / Study for the Three Protagonists in a Composition of the Sposalizio of the Virgen

Second half of the XVI century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper Not on display

It is indeed possible that this good drawing could be by the Tuscan, Marco Marchetti da Faenza (before 1528-1588), who worked in the circle of Vasari. However, the style seems a little too accomplished for Marchetti and the drawing is here catalogued instead as by a follower of Vasari.

The recto study for a spandrel shows two alternatives for the same decoration: in the one on the left, a putto holds back a curtain, while two others play at the base of the cartouche; while in the one on the right, the strap-work around the cartouche is substituted by a swag of fruit, and a satyr stands to the right holding a basket of grapes on his head, as the three putti decorate the frame.

Technical data

Inventory number
D001417
Author
Anonymous
Title
Design for the Decoration of a Spandrel Containing a Cartouche / Study for the Three Protagonists in a Composition of the Sposalizio of the Virgen
Date
Second half of the XVI century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Support
Yellow paper
Dimension
Height: 197 mm.; Width: 140 mm.
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931; I. Brun; Vallardi

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos, V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 408.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Virginia, 2008, pp. 408.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 658.

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Update date: 30-04-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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