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Recto: Virgin and Child, and Saint John the Baptist; Verso: summary sketches, possibly the Virgin and Child

Attributed to Jacob de Backer (Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1540/1545–before 1600 Antwerp)
Former Attribution:
Pomarancio (Cristoforo Roncalli) (Italian, Pomarance ca. 1553–1626 Rome)
late 16th century
Brown and black oil with white heightening; verso: black chalk
11 5/8 x 9 1/16 in. (29.5 x 23 cm)
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: On the back of the original panel support was written: B.T.
collection at Ca'n Puig y Castillo de Bendinat, Mallorca; its sale, Christie's, Mallorca, May 24-25, 1999, lot 680,(as by Cristoforo Roncalli); sale, Tajan, Paris, November 23, 2001, lot 63; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 12, 2010–July 11, 2010.

Christie's, Mallorca Ca'n Puig y Castillo de Bendinat, Mallorca. Sale cat. May 24-25, 1999, cat. no. 680, ill.

Tajan Dessins Anciens. Paris, November 23, 2001, cat. no. 63, ill.

Eckhard Leuschner "A Grisaille Oil Sketch from the "De Backer Group" and Workshop Practices in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp." in The Metropolitan Museum Journal. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 43, New York, 2008, p. 99-110, fig. 1, ill.

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