Saint Joseph Seen with his Flowering Staff, which is Held by the Christ Child
Attributed to Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)
sheet: 10 3/16 x 9 1/8 in. (25.9 x 23.2 cm)
Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1880
Not on view
The style of this drawing is comparable to that of other autograph sheets in red chalk from Guercino's late period, such as that for a painting of 1661, St. Theresa Receiving a Necklace from the Virgin, in the Presence of St. Joseph, her Patron (Mahon and Ekserdjian, 1986, cat. no. 36). This drawing features carefully finished drapery with few pentimenti or loose outlines. Cupid Spurning Riches, a study for a painting of 1654-55 (Royal Library, Windsor, inv. no. 2708) [Mahon and Turner, 1989, cat. no. 129) features an infant with closely similar physiognomy and some parallel hatching for conception of the figure in space. There exists a red chalk study of the same subject (Royal Library, Windsor, inv. no. 2572), but featuring a different composition that is unconnected with a known or documented project. It is considered by Mahon and Turner to be a School drawing from which a now lost etching by Francesco Bartolozzi was published in Rome in 1764.
Inscription: The recto is numbered or annotated, at lower left, in graphite: "270"; the verso is numbered or annotated three times in pencil: "280."
Marking: No watermark visible: sheet glued on to a secondary paper.
James Jackson Jarves; Cornelius Vanderbilt (American, Staten Island, New York 1843–1899 New York); Donor: Cornelius Vanderbilt (American, Staten Island, New York 1843–1899 New York)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Coles Gallery, 8: Tapestries and Paintings, Malachites, Vases, Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries in Gallery 4, Main Hall.," 1895.
Coles Gallery, 8: Tapestries and Paintings, Malachites, Vases, etc.; Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries in Gallery 4, Main Hall. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hand-book, no. 8, New York, 1895, cat. no. 280.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 250, fig. no. 250, p. 190, ill.
Artist: After Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)Date: 17th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk, on cream paperAccession: 80.3.453On view in:Not on view