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Famous Men and Women from Classical and Biblical Antiquity

Attributed to Barthelemy d'Eyck (Netherlandish, flourished 1444–1469)
Former Attribution:
formerly attributed to Anonymous, Italian, Florentine, first half of the 15th century
Former Attribution:
formerly attributed to Jean Fouquet (French, Tours ca. 1425–ca. 1478 Tours)
Pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor of various hues, traces of gold paint
12 3/16 x 7 7/8 in. (31 x 20 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
Not on view
"Uomini Famosi": Minos, Jephthah Sacrificing his Daughter, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Priam, Helen of Troy, Paris, Jason with the Golden Fleece, and Hector

Cockerell Chronicle Page

Inscription: In pen and brown ink in the first register, inscribed: Minos condidit leges. / fuit anno .iiai.dccxxxxvi. ; iepte filia immolavit ex voto / guit anno iiai.dccxxxxviii. ; Agamemnon / fuit tpore iepte; P1amus p1mus / Rex troyag / fuit eodem tpore; Elena (and in another hand) de grece; paris elena rapuit / fuit ho tpore; in the third register, iason acquisivit / vellus aureum (and in another hand) qui quon / quit la / toison / fuit anno .iiai.dcclxvi. ; hector (and in another hand) de troie / fuit anno .iiai.dcclxxiiii. At upper right corner, numbered "4" [?]
Private collection, France; Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. (London)( -1894); William Morris (British, Walthamstow, London 1834–1896 Hammersmith, London), bought in 1894Kelmscott House, Hammersmith (1894-96); Charles Fairfax Murray (British, London 1849–1919 London); Sir Sydney C. Cockerell (British)Kew, Surrey (1919-1958); sale, Sotheby & Co., London, July 2, 198, cat. p.6, no.15, ill.); Donor: Walter C. Baker
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings Recently Acquired: 1972-1975," October 1, 1975–January 4, 1975.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 26, 2004–July 25, 2004.

Bernard Berenson The Drawings of the Florentine Painters. 3 vols., amplified edition. Chicago, 1938, (as by an artist from the school of Fra Angelico), cat. no. 164C (vol. 2), fig. no. 27 (vol. 3), ill.

Ilaria Toesca "Gli "Uomini Famosi" della biblioteca Cockerell." Paragone. Arte. Vol. 25, January. 1952, fig. no. pl. 9, pp. 16-20.

F. Saxl, H. Meier Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, 3, Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken. 1, London, 1953, pp. 279-281 (as by an anonymous Italian artist ca. 1450).

Sotheby's, London Catalogue of important old master drawings and paintings [auction catalogue, July 2, 1958]. 1958, cat. no. 15, ill.

R. W. Scheller "Uomini Famosi." in Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum. vol. 10, Amsterdam, 1962, pp. 56-67.

Arthur Ewart Popham, K. M. Fenwick European Drawings in the Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Part 4, Toronto, 1965, p. 3.

William Simpson "Cardinal Giordano Orsini as a Prince of the Church and a Patron of the Arts." in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. vol. 29, 1966, pp. 135-159.

Michel Laclotte "Rencontres Franco-Italiennes au milieu du 15e siècle." in Acte Historiae Artium, Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. vol. 8, 1967, pp. 33-41.

Bernhard Degenhart, Annegrit Schmitt Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450: Teil I: Süd-und Mittelitalien. Vol. 1 of 4, Berlin, 1968, Vol II: p. 592, p. 619, note 14.

Carmen Gómez-Moreno Medieval Art from Private Collections: A special exhibition at The Cloisters. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968, cat. no. 19.

Ilaria Toesca Di nuovo sulla 'Cronaca Cockerell.' in Paragone. vol. 21, no. 239, Milan, January 1970, pp. 62-66.

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

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. 285, fig. no. 285, pp. 284-86, ill.

George R. Goldner Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection. Exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1983, 18.

Sotheby's, London Catalogue of Western Manuscripts and Miniatures [Sale catalogue]. July 3, 1984, p. 73.

Veronika Birke, Friedrich Piel Die Sammlung Ian Woodner. Exh. cat. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, 1986, 168.

Museo Nacional del Prado Dibujos de los siglos 14 al 20: Collection Woodner. Exh. cat. Madrid, 1986, 219.

Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, 1988-1989. Exh. cat., Vancouver Art Gallery, Sept. 13-Nov. 20, 1988; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Dec. 9, 1988-Feb. 12, 1989; National Gallery of Art, Washington, Mar. 5-May 21, 1989. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington D.C., 1988, pp. 16-18.

Jaap Bolten, A.T. Folmer-von Oven Catalogue of drawings. Liberna Foundation, Hilversum, 1989, p. 60, note 5.

Nicole Reynaud "Barthelemy d'Eyck avant 1450." in Revue de l'art. vol. 84, 1989, p. 28-30, fig. 23, ill.

Paul Joannides Masaccio and Masolino: A complete catalogue. London, 1993, p. 453, pl. 467 (as by Jean Fouquet or Bartholommé van Eyck after Masolino), ill.

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