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Allegorical Figure of Purity with a Unicorn and Two Putti (recto); Study of the Same Figures (verso)

Artist:
Baldassarre Franceschini (il Volterrano) (Italian, Volterra 1611–1690 Florence)
Date:
1642
Medium:
Red chalk and red wash, on beige paper (recto); faint red chalk sketches for the same group (verso)
Dimensions:
10 1/8 x 10 3/8in. (25.7 x 26.3cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.282
Not on view
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink in Gabburri's hand on verso, di Baldassar Franceschini detto il Volterrano / Originale de sua mano dell'opera da lui med / dipinta a Fresto nella. chiesa di Santa Maria / Maggiore da P.P. Carmelitani della Congregazione / di Mantova della Città di Firenze; numbered on verso, nº 391 ; in paler brown ink, nº 5.

Marking: Stamped lower left with the collector's mark of Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364).
Cavaliere Francesco Maria Niccolò Gabburri (Florence 1676–1742); Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London); Dr. Edward Peart; Christie's, London, June 23, 1970, lot 22, repr.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings Recently Acquired, 1969-1971," January 18, 1972–April 16, 1972.

Christie's, London The Property of a Nobleman, Collections Sale cat. London, June 23, 1970, cat. no. 22, ill.

Jacob Bean Drawings Recently Acquired, 1969-1971. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 18 - April 16). New York, 1972, cat. no. 18, p. 8.

J. Patrick Cooney "Drawings by il Volterrano for Three Decorative Projects." Master Drawings. vol. 12, 1974, cat. no. 4, p. 373.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 183, fig. no. 183, p. 144, ill.

James Byam Shaw The Italian Drawings of the Frits Lugt Collection. vol. 1, Paris, 1983, cat. no. 373, p. 383.



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