Art/ Collection/ Art Object

A Man Seated on a Throne

Artist:
Follower of Piero della Francesca (Italian, San Sepolcro, ca. 1412–1492 San Sepolcro)
Date:
second half 15th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidized), over traces of black chalk.
Dimensions:
7 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (19.3 x 12 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.397
Not on view
This drawing of an enthroned man holding a scepter may be a portrait of an unidentified ruler, and was perhaps intended for a cycle of illustrious men. In its format, size, and iconography, the drawing recalls popular fifteenth-century tarot cards (tarocchi), and specifically “emperor” cards, which portray similar, closely cropped images of enthroned male figures with attributes of rulership. Formerly associated with Piero della Francesco, the drawing was produced by a less-talented follower.
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink in a seventeenth-century hand at the upper left: (partially rubbed away) Raffello da Urbino; at the lower right: Rymsdyk's / Museum (crossed out).
Prosper Henry Lankrink, London (Lugt 2090); J. van Rijmsdijk, England (Lugt 2167); unidentified collector (Lugt and Lugt Suppl. 474 [pseudo-Crozat]); Charles Fairfax Murry, London; Erderheimer-Fairfax Murry sale 1924, no. 232, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1924.
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