Allegory with a Flying Victory and a Seated Bearded Man with a Book
Battista Franco (Italian, Venice ca. 1510–1561 Venice)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash
7 1/2 x 8 1/16in. (19 x 20.5cm)
Rogers Fund, 1963
Not on view
This drawing seems related in iconography, style, and technique to a sheet depicting an 'Allegory of Time' (private collection, New York; see 'Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings,' New York and Washington, D.C., 2007, pp. 36-39, no. 13), which probably dates to ca. 1560-61, and may be connected to an unexecuted project for the illustrations to a book, 'Pitture del Doni Accademico Pellegrino,' which was published in 1564 but without plates. It is therefore a late work by the artist. The composition of the Museum's sheet seems to represent the crowning of the seated bearded man holding an open book, who is therefore most likely a literary figure. This drawing was pasted down by an early collector onto a decorative mount, outlined in gold. (Carmen C. Bambach; 17 June 2015)
Inscription: Faint annotation in black chalk at lower left, B. Franco; in pen and brown ink at lower center of old mount, Battista Franco.
Marking: Capital 'C' (Lugt 474) previously associated with Pierre Crozat (1661-1740)
AnonymousFrench (?) Collector (Lugt 474); P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, cat. no. 90, fig. no. 90, p. 100, ill.