Standing Youth Seen from Behind Holding a Bowl (Ganymede?)
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)
Sheet: 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (26.7 x 19.1 cm).
Rogers Fund, 1963
Not on view
Traditionally identified as a study for the figure of Ganymede – the beautiful youth abducted by Zeus – this drawing has since been titled "Standing Boy (or Youth) Holding a Bowl," as neither a Ganymede nor this particular youthful figure can be found in any of Guercino's extant works (Bean 1964b, no. 31).
Jacob Bean (1967, no. 46, p. 40) dated the drawing to the artist's middle period, the 1630s and 1640s, because its "subtle contrasts of light and shade so successfully indicate the modeling of back and head..." Bean thought the free application of red chalk to differ from the more polished red chalk figure drawings of Guercino's done in the 1650s. The general and dynamic contrast of flesh areas smoothly stumped and draperies quickly sketched is typical of Guercino's drawings of the 1630s to 1640s. In this drawing, the outlines of the crown of the head have been somewhat erased or rubbed out. This drawing evidently belongs in the 1640s, as Julian Brooks noted in connection to the Bathsheba and her Maid drawing (Coll. Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Baker) for a documented, now lost painting of 1640 (Brooks 2006, no. 28, p. 83.)
Inscription: The old mount is annotated in graphite: "Guercino". The colnaghi stock number is inscribed in graphite on the old mount at lower right: "D26661".
Marking: Stamp of Edouard Bouverie, British (1767-1858), Lugt 325, in black ink at lower left on recto.
No watermark visible: sheet glued on to an old mount.
Honorable Edward Bouverie (British, 1767–1858); John, Lord Northwick (British, 1769–1859); Sotheby's, London- Nov. 1-4, 1920, no. 14.; Sotheby's, London- March 12, 1963, no. 34, repr.; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Morgan Library & Museum, New York. "Drawings from New York Collections, II. The Seventeenth Century in Italy," February 23, 1967–April 22, 1967.
Sotheby's, London The Ivory Hammer. The Year at Sotheby's 219th Season 1962-1963. 1962-1963. New York, 1963, fig. no. p. 32, p. 32, ill.
Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Graphic Society, New York, 1964, cat. no. 31, fig. no. 31, ill.
Jacob Bean "Ninety-fourth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1963-1964: Reports of the Departments, Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 23, no. 2, New York, October 1964, pp. 60, 62.
Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. II: The Seventeenth Century in Italy. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1967, cat. no. 46, ill.
Sir Denis Mahon I Disegni del Guercino della collezione Mahon. Bologna, 1967, cat. no. under no. 37, p. 66.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 245, fig. no. 245, p. 187, 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. 49, pp. 56-57, ill.
Nicholas Turner, Carol Plazzotta Drawings by Guercino from British Collections. London, 1991, fig. no. 5, p. 26, ill.
Julian Brooks Guercino: Mind to Paper. Exh. cat., Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 17 October 2006 - 21 January, 2007 and London, Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, 22 February - 13 May, 2007. Los Angeles, 2006, cat. no. under no. 28, p. 83.
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