Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk
sheet: 7 15/16 x 10 11/16 in. (20.2 x 27.1 cm)
Purchase, Fosburgh Fund Inc. Gift and Rogers Fund, 1968
Not on view
This drawing was identified by Sir Denis Mahon as one of Guercino's preparatory studies for The Raising of Lazarus (Paris, Louvre inv. 1139), a painting dated ca. 1619 . Another composition study connected with a painting of this subject, with numerous differences in design with respect to the Museum's drawing and the finished painting, is in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem (inv. H 45: see Tuyll Van Serooskerken 1991, cat. no. 5). The outline of forms and the use of wash are extremely descriptive, as is typical of composition studies of this period. A pen and ink study for an individual figure connected with the Louvre painting is A Seated Woman (Royal Library, Windsor inv. 2484: see Mahon and Turner 1989, no. 10)
The articulation of the composition is complete and relief-like as in comparable autograph pen and ink drawings from the same period, for example studies for the now lost painting of Jael and Sisera of c.1619-1620 (see Turner and Plazzotta 1991, nos. 23, 24): Jael and Sisera (Paris, Institute Neerlandais, inv. no. 1050) and Jael Showing Barak the Corpse of Sisera and Barak finds Jael with the Corpse of Sisera (both Collection Denis Mahon, on loan to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).
Marking: Stamp of Sir Peter Lely, London,at lower right corner (Lugt 2092); stamp of Robert Mond, London, on a fragment of old mat at center of lower border (Lugt, Suppl. 2813a), kept in the Object File (Department of Drawings and Prints).
No watermark visible: sheet glued on to an old mount.
Sir Peter Lely (Pieter van der Faes) (British, Soest 1618–1680 London); Sir Robert Ludwig Mond (British, 1867–1938 London); D. E. Brackley; Sotheby's, London- Dec. 1, 1966, no. 37.; Sotheby's, London- March 28, 1968, no. 43.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. "Guercino Master Draftsman: Works from North American Collections," May 3, 1991–June 16, 1991.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Guercino Master Draftsman: Works from North American Collections," August 27, 1991–October 13, 1991.
Tancred Borenius, Rudolf Wittkower Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by Sir Robert Mond.... London, 1937, cat. no. 103, p. 27.
Sotheby's, London Catalogue of Fine Old Master Drawings, Thursday, 1st December, 1966.. London, December 1, 1966, Lot 37., p. 26.
Sir Denis Mahon Il Guercino. Catalogo critico dei disegni. Exh. cat., Bologna, Palazzo Dell'Archiginnasio, September 1 - November 18, 1968. Bologna, 1968, cat. no. 45, fig. no. 45, p. 67-68, ill.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 235, fig. no. 235, p. 179, ill.
Bert W. Meijer I Grandi disegni italiani del Teylers Museum di Haarlem.. Milan, 1985, cat. no. under no. 58, n.p.
Sir Denis Mahon, David Ekserdjian Guercino Drawings from the Collections of Denis Mahon and the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford, 1986, cat. no. under no. 5.
Luigi Salerno I Dipinti del Guercino. Rome, 1988, cat. no. under no. 56, p. 133.
Sir Denis Mahon, Nicholas Turner The Drawings of Guercino in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle. Cambridge, 1989, Under cat.10., pp.6-7.
Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken Guercino (1591-1666), Drawings from Dutch Collections. Exh. cat. 's-Gravenhage, 1990, cat. no. 5, fig. no. p. 26, p. 42., ill.
William M. Griswold "Guercino." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 48, no. 4, New York, Spring 1991, fig. no. 13, pp. 17-18, ill.
Stephane Loire Le Guerchin en France. Les dossiers du Departement des peintures, vol. 38, Paris, 1991, cat. no. under no. 1, p. 32.
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Bernard Aikema Tiepolo and His Circle. Drawings In American Collections. Exh. cat., Cambridge, MA., Harvard University Art Museums; New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1996, fig. no. 3, p. 105, ill.
Stephane Loire Musee du Louvre Departement des Peintures: Ecole Italienne, XVIIe Siecle. 1. Bologne. Paris, 1996, cat. no. under Inv. 77, fig. no. 91, pp. 232, 235, ill.
Nicholas Turner, Sir Denis Mahon, Catherine Whistler, David Ekserdjian Nel Segno di Guercino / Guercino as Master Draftsman. Exh. cat. Bologna, Pinacoteca Civica, 28 May - 31 July. Cento, 2005, cat. no. under no. 11, p. 74.
Artist: Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)Date: ca. 1620Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and light brown wash (recto and verso)Accession: 08.227.29On view in:Not on view