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Jupiter and Juno: Study for the 'Furti di Giove' Tapestries

Artist:
Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (Italian, Florence 1501–1547 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1532–35
Medium:
Pen and dark brown ink with brown and gray wash, highlighted with white gouache
Dimensions:
Sheet: 17 x 15 3/4 in. (43.2 x 40 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Acquisitions Fund and Annette and Oscar de la Renta Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.36
Not on view
One of Perino’s most beautiful and important drawings, this monumental depiction of the Roman gods holding hands as they recline on their marriage bed is a highly finished study for one of the woven panels in a lavish and costly set of tapestries, now lost, depicting the clandestine erotic adventures of Jupiter (the "Furti di Giove"). The tapestry series was commissioned by Admiral-Prince Andrea Doria, ruler of Genoa and one of Perino’s major patrons, to hang in his newly erected palace on the outskirts of the city as a dazzling display of princely magnificence and cultivated taste. The artist envisioned the amorous composition as if seen through a window complete with illusionistic framing elements lavishly decorated with classical detailing. The high degree of finish, lack of changes or revisions, and rich combination of media, as well as the large size and the inclusion of the surrounding borders and heraldic shield, suggest that this drawing was made as a presentation piece to show the patron. Trained in Raphael’s studio in Rome, Perino absorbed the lessons of his master’s vocabulary (steeped in classical antiquity) into his own uniquely personal, elegant Mannerist style. This mature drawing of Jupiter and Juno, with its emphasis on extreme artifice, decorative grace, and effortless refinement, represents something of a culmination in Perino’s artistic career. It also more than proves his sheer technical virtuosity and capacity for extravagant invention.
(Carmen C. Bambach)
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink on the mount by John Barnard the Younger (1705-1784):(recto) 'ex collection Sir Thomas Lawrence Giovanni Francesco Penni (detto il Fatore), nat. 1488 ob. 1529 ex coll.n John Barnard.' (verso of the mount, from top right) 'J.B. [John Barnard] N. 038. / 17 by 15 3/4 / Called il Fattore of Florence, a Disciple of Raffaelle. / in England at the time of Henry 8th; J:B-', in graphite 'G.F. PENNI. 28 x 21'

Marking: Incriptions on the mount by John Barnard the Younger (1705-1784; Lugt nos. 1420) with his initials "J:B-" on the lower right corner. Collector's stamp on the lower right, William Mayor (d. 1874; Lugt 2799)
Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, Bristol 1769–1830 London)(according to inscription on the mount); John Barnard the Younger (British, 1705–1784); William Mayor (British, died 1874 London); Vendor: Sotheby's, New York, 26 Jan 2011, lot 510
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Perino del Vaga in New York Collections," September 27, 2011–February 5, 2012.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Chase: Two Decades of Collecting Drawings and Prints," December 9, 2014–March 16, 2015.

Bernice Davidson "The 'Furti di Giove' Tapestries Designed by Perino del Vaga for Andrea Doria." The Art Bulletin. vol. 70, no. 3, 1988, , repr.

Elena Parma Perino del Vaga: tra Raffaello e Michelangelo. Exh. cat., Mantua, Palazzo Te (March 18 - June 10, 2001). Milan, 2001, p. 245, under no. 125, repr. (as 'formerly London, Heseltine collection') (entry by Dominque Cordellier).

Stijn Alsteens, George R. Goldner, Constance C. McPhee, Cora Michael, Samantha Rippner, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 70, no. 2, Fall 2012, (entry by George R. Goldner), p. 26, ill.

Morten Steen Hansen In Michelangelo's Mirror. University Park, Pennsylvania, 2013, pp. 36-37, fig. 29.

Laura Giles, Lia Markey, Claire Van Cleave Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum. Princeton, 2014, p. 34, under no. 13 (entry by Laura M. Giles).



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