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Kneeling, Seated and Standing Figures (recto); Seated, Kneeling and Reclining Figures (verso)

Artist:
Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (Italian, Florence 1501–1547 Rome)
Date:
1501–47
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, reworked with black ink (recto); pen and brown and black ink (verso)
Dimensions:
6 3/8 x 8 7/8in. (16.2 x 22.5cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971
Accession Number:
1975.131.44
Not on view
Many of Perino’s most appealing drawings exhibit the
fluid, energetic, and scribbly style seen here. The manner
in which the entire sheet is filled with quick, unrelated
sketches reveals the artist’s creative imagination at work.
Although none of the figures or vignettes has been connected
with a specific painting or other finished composition, at
least some appear to represent ideas for an Adoration of the
Christ Child. Venus and Cupid are recognizable among
the sketches on the verso, while some of the reclining figures
with upraised arms may be preliminary ideas for Jupiter
and Juno in the monumental design for a tapestry of that
subject exhibited nearby.
Inscription: Inscribed in pen and black ink at lower left, "del Vaga/ perri Dadicom...o [?]". Inscribed on verso, in black chalk, "Corneille."

Marking: Collector's stamp: August Artaria (Lugt 33)
August Artaria (Austrian, 1807–1893); F. Kleinberger Galleries; Harry G. Sperling (1906–1971), New York; Donor: Harry G. Sperling (1906–1971)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Perino del Vaga in New York Collections," September 27, 2011–February 5, 2012.

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. 167, fig. no. 167, pp. 173-74, ill.

Elena Parma Armani "Perino del Vaga, ingegno sottile e capriccioso." Perino del Vaga tra Raffaello e Michelangelo. Milan, 2001, pp. 33, 38n, repr. (recto and verso).



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