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Grotesques Designs with Various Inscriptions (recto); Candelabra Grotesque and Two Putti Holding Flowers (verso)

Artist:
attributed to Andrés de Melgar (Spanish, documented S. Domingo de la Calzada, died after 1554)
Date:
ca. 1545–60
Medium:
Pen and dark gray-brown ink (recto). On off-white paper. Pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk underdrawing (verso). Drawing on verso pricked on figures of putti and shells below them
Dimensions:
13-1/4 x 9 in. (33.7 x 22.9 cm)
Classifications:
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.570.329
Not on view
Inscription: Annotated in pen and dark brown ink from upper left corner: "Julio / Q + R Julio / Lafioura [?] S.P.Q.R. [cropped at right edge of sheet] \ Liene 2 D Flamenco Estas son las letras [cropped at right edge of sheet] / nel. Sun Flepartidas en las [cropped at right edge of sheet] 10 dela / Mae Julio pitafias 2 [cropped at right edge of sheet] parte [?] [cropped at right edge of sheet] / Flamenco [cropped at right edge of sheet] / Flamenco / Julio / 45".
Inscribed in pen and dark brown ink at upper left corner on verso: "GI".

Marking: Purple ink mark :" "3" [cropped at right edge of sheet] [not in Lugt].
Partial stamp in purple ink (Lugt 47a, as can be reconstructed from the examples of the stamp when whole) of the Duke of Savoia-Genova, probably to be identified with Tommaso Alberto Vittorio di Savoia-Genova (1854-1931).
Duke of Savoia-Genova, probably to be identified with Tommaso Alberto Vittorio di Savoia-Genova (Italian, Turin 1854–1931 Turin); Vendor: János Scholz (American (born Hungary), Sopron 1903–1993 New York)
János Scholz Italian Master Drawings 1350-1800 from the Janos Scholz Collection. New York, 1976, p. ix (discussing generally the group of 312 drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that includes the present drawing, all as emanating from the Royal House of Savoy and as having been sold to Scholz about 1952 by a dealer.).

Janet S. Byrne Renaissance Ornament Prints and Drawings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981, pp. 13, 64-66.

Piera Giovanna Tordella Il collezionismo dei disegni a Torino e in Piemonte da Emanuele Filiberto all'età napoleonica. "...quei leggierissimi tocchi di penna o matita..." Le prime collezioni di disegni in Piemonte. Ed. by Gianni Carlo Sciolla, Milan and Regione Piemonte, 1996, pp. 25-26 and note 66 (quoting Scholz's recollection and noting the Turinese provenance of some drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.).

Nicole Dacos "Giulio Aquili, Andrés de Melgar et leurs qrotesques: Rome, Valladolid, Santo Domingo De La Calzada." Dialoghi di Storia dell' Arte. no. 4/5, Naples, December 1997, fig. no. fig. 2, pp. 24-33, ill.



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