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Seated Apostles and Putti

Artist:
Giovanni Lanfranco (Italian, Parma 1582–1647 Rome)
Date:
1637–38
Medium:
Red chalk
Dimensions:
5 3/16 x 9 5/8in. (13.1 x 24.5cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.66.6
Not on view
One of Lanfranco's major commissions in Naples were the frescoes painted in 1637-38 on the rib-vault of the nave in the church of the Certosa di San Martino. In the circular compartments along the center of the vault, Lanfranco painted Christ appearing in a glory of angels, and in the triangular compartments above the windows groups of apostles, prophets, sibyls, and putti. Walter Vitzthum identified in this drawing a scheme for one of these triangular compartments. The broad-based triangular composition takes into consideration the whole area to be painted, while the faint red chalk indications of a narrower triangle suggest the area of the steeply rising vault that would be visible to the viewer standing directly below. Not only are Lanfranco's cloud-seated figures in this drawing, as in the fresco, strikingly Correggesque, but the handling of the red chalk reveals as well Lanfranco's early Emilian traning. Two drawings for a first overall scheme for the Certosa vault were identified by Hermann Voss in the Teyler Museum at Haarlem.
Inscription: Illegible annotation in pen and brown ink on verso.
Count Lanfranco di Campello (Italian, Campello sul Clitunno 1901–1969 Rome); A. Branson (London)- according to the vendor.; 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.

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, p. 33.

Walter Vitzthum "Review: Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. 2: The Seventeenth Century in Italy (Exh. cat., New York, MMA and PML, by Jacob Bean and Felice Stampfle, 1967)." Burlington Magazine. vol. 109, London, April 1967, fig. no. 769, p. 253.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 258, fig. no. 258, p. 194, ill.

Erich Schleier Disegni di Giovanni Lanfanco (1582-1647). Exh. cat., Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Florence, 1983, p. 175.



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