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Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist

Andrea da Murano (Documented Venice 1462–1507) (?)
late 15th–early 16th century
Pen and blue ink, brush and blue wash
8 x 5 3/4 in. (20.3 x 14.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Andrea da Murano may have trained with the Venetian painter Bartolomeo Vivarini and was heavily influenced by him. This drawing evokes Bartolomeo’s facial types and agitated drapery style and also closely recalls the figural types of Carlo Crivelli. Although Andrea da Murano’s graphic output has not been studied extensively, this drawing shares similarities with his paintings. Executed in blue ink, a technique used in other Venetian drawings of the period, the sheet depicts two unrelated figures—note the disparate positions of their feet—that may have been copied from two separate works.
Marking: On the recto of the old backing paper (now removed), a man's head in profile in pen and brown ink over a sketch in black chalk.
On the verso of the old mount (removed), an old label with writing in pen and brown ink in an eighteenth-century hand: Di Andrea Mantegna CLXVIII
Robert Lehman, New York
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