The Madonna and Child with a Female Martyr Saint, a Bishop Saint, and a Female Donor
Veronese School, workshop of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)
first half 15th century
Pen and dark brown ink, brush and gray ink.
9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in. (23.9 x 19.1 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Although this drawing echoes the vocabulary of Stefano da Verona, it is more likely attributable to one of his followers, due to its schematic quality and the uncertain spatial relation among the figures. The sheet may represent a copy of a lost painting by Stefano da Verona or perhaps a compositional concept produced by a pupil. The female donor in the foreground kneels in adoration before the Virgin and Child, as she is presented by the accompanying female saint holding a martyr’s palm. At the right, a bishop saint bears a crosier and miter.
Marking: Watermark: dragon On the verso: At the top, an indecipherable sketch in black chalk; below, an annotation in pencil in a modern hand: Gentile da Fabriano
Francesco Calceolari (or Calzolari), Verona; Conte Lodovico Moscardo, Verona; acquired from the Moscardo family in 1905 by Luigi Grassi, Florence (Lugt Suppl. 1171b); Frits Lugt, Paris; Grassi sale 1924, lot 115, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1924.
Evelyn Karet. Drawings of Stefano da Verona and His Circle and the Origins of Collecting in Italy: A Catalogue Raisonné. Philadelphia, 2002, pp. 35, 130-131, no. R16.
Artist: Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)Date: 1435–38Medium: Pen and brown ink, over traces of charcoal or black chalk (recto); pen and brown ink, brush with touches of brown wash, over traces of charcoal or black chalk (verso)Accession: 1996.364a, bOn view in:Not on view
Artist: Veronese School, possibly a follower of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)Date: mid-15th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink.Accession: 1975.1.422On view in:Not on view