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Head of an Apostle Surrounded by a Tongue of Fire and a Nimbus: Fragment of a Cartoon for a Descent of the Holy Spirit

School of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)
Brush, yellow, orange, brown, cream, and white gouache
10-1/4 x 10-7/8 in. (26.0 x 27.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of John W. Lisle, 1922, in memory of his father, Joseph William Lisle
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Annotated on verso of mount in pen and brown ink: "J7" [Lugt 2984], indication of drawing location in Richardson collection.

Annotated on verso, at lower right of mount in faded red ink, relating to the lot number in the 1798 Sir Joshua Reynolds sale at Harry Phillips in London: "Lot 17...[?]" (Lugt 3016a).

Marking: The mark of the elder Richardson (Lugt 2184) is stamped on the recto in the lower right corner of the composition in the hair above the forehead of the apostle. The mark of Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364) is stamped in the upper left corner in the repaired area, indicating that the condition of the drawing existed at the time of Reynolds' ownership.
Jonathan Richardson Sr. (British, London 1667–1745 London); Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London); John W. Lisle
Hugh MacAndrew Ashmolean Museum. Oxford. Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings. Volume III. Italian Schools, Supplement. vol. 3, Oxford, 1980, under no. 599-619, Appendix 2.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, p. 218, no. 216, repr.

Carmen Bambach Cappel, Yale University Yale University, New Haven, Conn. The Tradition of Pouncing Drawings in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Innovation and Derivation. 1988, pp. 383-84, no. 278 (as School of Raphael, Giulio Romano?).

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