Veronese School, workshop or follower of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)
early 15th century
Pen and brown ink on brownish paper.
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.5 x 19.3 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Although scenes from everyday life such as this one are quite rare in surviving drawings of the period, they often appear as details in contemporary paintings and manuscript illuminations from Northern Italy. The sheet, which may originally have belonged to a sketchbook, could represent the artist’s copy of a portion of a painting or manuscript. While the hatched shading on the contours and physiognomic type derive from Stefano da Verona, the drawing was probably made by a follower of the artist.
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at the lower center in a fifteenth-century hand: Ripossate p[er] la fadiga chaeu ffato (for Riposate per la factica che avete fatto, or Take your rest after the effort you have made.)
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 117, 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, 122-123, no. R13.
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