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Saint Antoninus Kneeling before the Crucifix in Orsanmichele, Florence

Artist:
Bernardino Poccetti (Italian, San Marino di Valdelsa 1548–1612 Florence)
Date:
1600–1605
Medium:
Charcoal and pale brown wash on beige paper. Partially squared off in red chalk
Dimensions:
6-7/8 x 10-15/16 in. (17.4 x 27.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of John Steiner, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.367
Not on view
Walter Vitzthum in 1955 identified this drawing as a study for one of the lunette-shaped frescoes representing scenes from the life of the Dominican archbishop of Florence, Saint Antoninus, painted by Poccetti ca. 1602-1604 in the cloister of Saint Antoninus of the Dominican priory of Saint Mark in Florence.

In both the drawing and the fresco Poccetti gives an accurate view of the interior of Orsanmichele with a side view of Andrea Orcagna's tabernacle in the background. There are other studies related to this composition in the Uffizi and in Berlin (see Hamilton 1980, pp. 74-77). The old and certainly correct attribution to Poccetti is due to the collector who annotated his drawings with the artist's name, first in Greek and then in Italian. James Byam Shaw, in discussing the twelve drawings at Christ Church, Oxford, that bear such annotations, remarks that the use of Greek letters seems to have been an affectation of Florentine scholar-collectors from the middle of the sixteenth century. A Scene of Martyrdom in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (inv. Masson 2381) is correctly attributed to Poccetti in a Greek annotation by the same hand.
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower left: 56 G [?]; no. 5 Trommetta [?] Pocetti. Graphite annotation on reverse of old mount: Bernardino Barbatelli called Poccetti/born at Florence 1542-D. 1612/The Diversity of his tallents procured him various appellations/such as Bernardino delle Grotte -dalla Faciati - dalle Muse etc./ Florence is full of his Works - C.M. [sic]

Marking: At lower right, unidentified collector's mark (Lugt 4527) in pen and brown ink, "no. 5 Trommetta (?) Poccetti"; At lower left, in pen and dark brown ink, unidentified collector's monogram "CL" (Lugt 3145).
Unidentified Collector (Italian, Florence, 17th century); John Clerk, Lord Eldin (British, Edinburgh, Scotland 1757–1832 Edinburgh); Eldin Sale, Thomas Winstanley, Liverpooland Sons, Edinburgh, 03/14-29/1833, part no. 333; Sir Archibald Campbell, 2nd Baronet of Succoth (British, 1769–1846); Sir George Ilay Campbell, 6th Baronet of Succoth (British, 1894–1967), Baronet; Christie's, London, 26 March, 1974, no.65, pl.27; John Steiner (American, 1903–1983); Donor: John Steiner
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings Recently Acquired: 1972-1975," October 1, 1975–January 4, 1975.

Walter Vitzthum Die Handzeichnungen des Bernardino Poccetti [Ph.D. dissertation]. PhD diss., 1955 p. 80.

Jacob Bean European Drawings Recently Acquired, 1972-1975 Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975.

James Byam Shaw Drawings by Old Masters at Christ Church, Oxford. Oxford, 1976, pp. 11-12.

Christel Thiem Florentiner Zeichner des Frühbarock. Munich, 1977, fig. no. pl. 9.

6a Biennale Internazionale della Grafica d'Arte. Il disegno fiorentino del seicento nella Marucelliana; Il disegno di Carlo Maratta e della sua cerchia; La Xilografia in Europa fra Ottocento e Novecento; Quattro secoli di Xilografia nelle carte da gioco.. Exh. cat. Orsanmichele, Palagio di Parte Guelfa and Museo del Tessuto, Florence. Florence, 1978, cat. no. 40.

Paul C. Hamilton Disegni di Bernardino Poccetti (San Marino V.E. 1548 - Firenze 1612). Exh. cat., Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Florence, 1980, pp. 76, 77, 112, under nos. 62, 63, 112.

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. 180, fig. no. 180, pp. 187-88, ill.

Diane Finiello Zervas "Niccolò Gerini's "Entombment and Resurrection of Christ", S. Anna/S. Michele/S. Carlo and Orsanmichele in Florence: Clarifications and New Documentation." Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. 66. bd., H. 1, 2003, p. 55, fig. 10.



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