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Design for a Festival Float or Barge

Artist:
Circle of Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (Italian, Florence 1501–1547 Rome)
Artist:
Possibly by Prospero Fontana (Italian, Bologna 1512–1597 Bologna)
Date:
ca. 1530–40
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white, over black chalk, on faded blue paper
Dimensions:
10-1/4 x 16-7/8 in. (26.1 x 42.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.85
Not on view
Another study with some variations for this elaborate decorative construction, which may well have been intended for a festival float, is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes (inv. C 65.1). Both drawings in New York and Rennes bear a traditional attribution to Polidoro da Caravaggio, but Bernice Davidson pointed out that they are the work of some close follower of Perino del Vaga. According to Florian Härb and Marzia Faietti (see here Bibliography), the Metropolitan Museum of Art drawing could be an early work by the Bolognese painter and prolific drafstman Prospero Fontana (1512-1597) who, after a short period spent with Innocenzo da Imola, joined the Roman workshop of Perino del Vega at just sixteen years of age.
(F.R., 2014)
Inscription: Annotated in pen and black ink at lower border of old mount: "Beau dessin de Polidoro da Caravaggio élevé de Raphael; ce dessin a dû faire partie de la collection Mariette et fut possédé par Mr. Percier". Numbered in pen and brown ink at lower right, "32".

Marking: Collector's mark of Pierre-Jean Mariette, Paris, stamped in black at lower left corner (Lugt 1852).
Pierre Jean Mariette (French, Paris 1694–1774 Paris); Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings Recently Acquired, 1969-1971," January 18, 1972–April 16, 1972.

Jacob Bean Drawings Recently Acquired, 1969-1971. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 18 - April 16). New York, 1972, cat. no. 37, p. 15.

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. 174, fig. no. 174, pp. 181-82, ill.

Patrick Ramade Disegno: Dessins italiens du Musée de Rennes. Calogue de l’exposition suivi d’un inventaire de la collection Exh. cat., Museo e Galleria Estense, Modena and Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Rennes. Rennes, 1990, p. 78, under no. 33, fig. 1 (entry by Philippe Costamagna, discussed as "Entourage de Perino del Vaga").

Marzia Faietti "Disegni giovanili di Prospero Fontana: da Perino a Vasari, attraverso Salviati" Francesco Salviati et la Bella Maniera. Actes des Colloques de Rome et de Paris (1998). Collection de l'école française de Rome, no. 284.. Ed. by Catherine Monbeig Goguel et al., Rome, 2001, pp. 558, 719 (as circle of Perino del Vaga).

Florian Härb "Prospero Fontana alias Giorgio Vasari: Collaboration and the Limits of Autorship." Francesco Salviati et la Bella Maniera. Actes des Colloques de Rome et de Paris (1998). Collection de l'école française de Rome, no. 284.. Ed. by Catherine Monbeig Goguel et al., Rome, 2001, p. 538 n. 24 (as Prospero Fontana).



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