Circle of Michelino da Besozzo (Michelino de Mulinari) (Italian, Lombardy, active 1388–1450)
early 15th century
Tip of the brush and brown, gray (both in various shades), and black ink; contours with metalpoint (?or black chalk?); touches of white chalk; brown and light brownish gray wash; on vellum.
3 9/16 x 4 3/16 in. (9.1 x 10.6 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The Lombard artist Michelino da Besozzo was celebrated during his lifetime for his naturalism, especially in rendering animals and birds. This magnificent drawing, probably made by an artist strongly influenced by Michelino, resembles the technique of the illuminations for which he was famous. As it is executed on vellum (a fine-quality parchment) rather than paper, it may have come from a model book; such books were commonly used at the time to record motifs for later use in painted compositions.
F.R. Martin, London; [Arthur Ruck, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman on September 30, 1929.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)Date: ca. 1501Medium: Pen and brown ink, traces of black chalk; mounted on an album pageAccession: 1975.1.270On view in:Not on view
Artist: Taddeo Zuccaro (Italian, Sant'Angelo in Vado 1529–1566 Rome)Date: ca. 1557–58Medium: Pen and brown and gray ink, brown wash, over black chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper.Accession: 1975.1.553On view in:Not on view