School of Lorenzo di Credi (Lorenzo d'Andrea d'Oderigo) (Italian, Florence 1456/59–1536 Florence)
early 16th century
Pen and brown ink, traces of white, over red chalk underdrawing of the Madonna.
9 1/2 x 7 3/16 in. (24.2 x 18.3 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Similar compositions frequently appear in painted roundels (tondi) attributed to Lorenzo di Credi and his circle, including an example in the Metropolitan Museum (09.197), which differs in its inclusion of Saint John the Baptist. It is uncertain whether this drawing was a preparatory study for a painting or was derived from a finished work.
Inscription: Annotated at the lower right in pen and brown ink: AM (?)
Marking: Annotated on the backing in blue chalk: 17; and in black pencil in a modern hand: Andrea Mantegna.
Artist: Attributed to Lorenzo di Credi (Lorenzo d'Andrea d'Oderigo) (Italian, Florence 1456/59–1536 Florence)Date: late 15th–early 16th centuryMedium: Metalpoint, heightened with white, on pink prepared paper; profile retouched in brownish chalk, hair retouched in black chalk, and highlights added to bust, all by a later hand.Accession: 1975.1.413On view in:Not on view