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The Nativity

Artist:
Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (Spanish, Seville 1617–1682 Seville)
Date:
1665–70
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of leadpoint or soft black chalk
Dimensions:
10-3/4 x 9 in. (27.3 x 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clifford A. Furst Bequest, by exchange, and Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.375
Not on view
Signature: Signature or contemporary inscription in pen and brown ink at lower left, "Murillo fe."

Inscription: Annotated in graphite or black chalk at center on verso, "B. E. Murillo 1618-1682 / ce Dessin a fait partie de la Collection / de Sir Josué Reynolds bien qu' il ne / porte plus son cachet. / Il a été acquit à la Vente Reynolds / par Sir Will. Ford."

Marking: Stamped recto lower right with the collector's mark of the Marquis Jean de Bailleul (Lugt 335).
according to annotation on the verso of drawing, Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London); Marquis Jean de Bailleul (French); Private Collection, Paris; Vendor: Galerie de Bayser, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 1996–May 5, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 26, 1999–October 18, 1999.

The Frick Collection, New York. "The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya," October 5, 2010–January 9, 2011.

Carmen C. Bambach "Recently Acquired Spanish Baroque Drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Master Drawings. vol. 37, no. 4, 1999, pp. 407-15, fig. 4.

Jonathan Brown, Lisa A. Banner, A. Schulz et al. The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya. Exh. cat., The Frick Collection, New York (October 5, 2010 - January 9, 2011). New York, 2010, pp. 74-75, no. 20 (entry by Jonathan Brown).

Jonathan Brown Murillo Virtuoso Draftsman. Yale University Press, New Haven and London in association with Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2012, pp. 254-55, cat. A13, ill.

Manuela B. Mena Marqués, Virginia Albarrán Martín Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682): Dibujos, catálogo razonado. Fondacion Botín, 2015, pp. 258-59, 501, 524-27, no. 106AA.



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