According to Genesis (34:1–31), Dinah’s brothers, the sons of Jacob, slayed the Hivites as retribution for her rape. Fra Bartolomeo realized this dynamic sketch in preparation for a painting with this subject; though now lost, the painting is recorded by an early replica that was executed by the artist’s pupil Giuliano Bugiardini (ca. 1531, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Vienna). The dramatic scene —extremely rare in Italian Renaissance art— was treated by Fra Bartolomeo using only a vibrant red chalk and focusing in particular on the figures’ energetic movement and classical proportions. The present sheet includes several separate studies: at the left center, the artist depicted a standing woman holding a child, while at the extreme right he portrayed a standing man striking a kneeling figure with his right hand.
Private Collection, France, ca. 1900; Sale Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19 June 1986, lot 200; Emmanuel Moatti, Paris; Trinity Fine Art, London and New York, 1994; Herbert Kasper, New York; Donor: partial and promised gift of Herbert Kasper, New York
Morgan Library & Museum. "Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs," January 21, 2011–May 1, 2011.
Charles S. Ellis "Two Drawings by Fra Bartolommeo." Paragone. vol. 41, no. 19-20 (479-81) (Jan.-Mar. 1990), 1990, pp. 10-12, pl. 6.
Emmanuel Moatti Old Master Drawings: An Exhibition at Jack Kilgore & Co.. Sale catalogue, New York, 1990.
Chris Fischer Fra Bartolommeo et son atelier. Dessins et peintures des collections françaises. Exh. cat., Paris, Cabinet des Dessins, Musée du Louvre. Paris, 1994-1995, pp. 130-31, no. 84.
Rhoda Eitel-Porter, William M. Griswold Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs Exh. cat., New York, The Morgan Library & Museum. New York, 2011, pp. 34-35, 256, no. 1.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)Date: 1472–1517Medium: Pen and brown ink (kneeling angel at left), faint black chalk (the hardly legible standing figure of the Virgin at right) (recto); faint view of buildings in pen and brown ink (verso)Accession: 23.280.7On view in:Not on view
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence) (?)Date: 1472–1517Medium: Black chalk, highlighted with white. Squared in black chalkAccession: 1972.118.240On view in:Not on view