Directly following his study at the French Academy in Rome, Fragonard traveled in Italy making sketches after Italian artworks for the abbé de Saint-Non, who later had them etched in reverse in his "Recueil de Griffonis." Here Fragonard copied frescoes painted by Annibale and Agostino Carracci over fireplaces in adjacent rooms in the Palazzo Sampieri-Talon, Bologna. The attributions recorded in Fragonard's inscriptions have been reversed by modern scholarship.
Inscription: at lower left, in black chalk, "augustin Carrache"; at lower center, in black chalk, "Palais Sampieri/Bologna"; at lower right, in black chalk, "Annibal Carrache"
Mrs. Paul Moore; Donor: Mrs. Paul Moore
Dayton Art Institute. "French Artists in Italy, 1600-1900," October 15, 1971–November 28, 1971.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 6, 1997–April 13, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 10, 2006–July 9, 2006.
Bean and Turcic 1986.111, Ananoff vol. 2, no. 1052 and Ananoff vol. 3, pg. 335 (called Hercule et Jupiter)
Baron Roger Portalis Honoré Fragonard, sa vie et son oeuvre. vol. 2, Paris, 1889, p. 301.
"Ninetieth Annual Report of the Trustees, for the Fiscal Year 1959-1960." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 19, no. 2, New York, October 1960, p. 35.
Artist: Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris)Date: ca. 1757–59Medium: Black chalk, gray wash, touches of black and brown wash, framing lines in pen and black inkAccession: 52.14On view in:Gallery 691