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Two Standing Male Figures

Artist:
Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (Italian, Florence 1501–1547 Rome)
Date:
1501–47
Medium:
Pen and dark brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, over traces of black chalk, on brownish paper
Dimensions:
8 3/16 × 7 5/16 in. (20.8 × 18.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
61.180
Not on view
In his late works Perino evolved an increasingly mannered style given to demonstrations of effortless complexity, artifice, grace, and fanciful invention. These ponderous, artfully posed figures, lumbering yet vaporous, their impossibly tiny heads perched atop elongated and swollen bodies, are quintessential exemplars of a figure canon that proved immensely influential for subsequent artists working in Rome through the end of the sixteenth century. A very similar drawing by Perino representing two standing draped women, also from the collections of Peter Lely and William, Second Duke of Devonshire, belongs to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (inv. PD.33-1998, from the collection of the late John Gere.)
Marking: The mark of Peter Lely (Lugt 2092) is on the recto in black The mark of William, Second Duke of Devonshire (Lugt 718), is on the recto, also in black.
Sir Peter Lely (Pieter van der Faes) (British, Soest 1618–1680 London); William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire (British, 1665–1729)
Palazzo Te, Mantua. "Perino del Vaga: tra Raffaello e Michelangelo," March 17, 2001–June 10, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Perino del Vaga in New York Collections," September 27, 2011–February 5, 2012.

Eric Van Schaack Master Drawings in Private Collections.. New York, 1962, fig. no. pl. 5, ill.

The Merchants' Hall Italian 16th-Century Drawings from British Private Collections Edinburgh Festival. August 23 - September 13, 1969. The Merchants' Hall, Edinburgh, 1969, p. 28.

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. 169, fig. no. 169, pp. 176-77, ill.

Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat.: February 16 - April 17. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1983.

Elena Parma Perino del Vaga: tra Raffaello e Michelangelo. Exh. cat., Mantua, Palazzo Te (March 18 - June 10, 2001). Milan, 2001, p. 298, no. 166 (entry by Linda Wolk-Simon).



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