Studies for The Allegories of Love

Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, Verona 1528–1588 Venice)

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash
12-5/8 x 8-3/4 in. (32.0 x 22.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Faint annotations in black chalk above figure of standing warrior at lower left, G. . . E / F [?]; annotated at lower margin in pen and a brown ink different from that of the drawing: "Carlito C."
    Verso annotated in graphite, in modern hand, at upper centre: "Veronese (?)" and below, at lower right, in pen and brown ink, the mark associated with the Sagredo Collection in Venice: "C. C. Nº. 8."
    On slip of paper attached to the backing sheet, an illegible inscription in pen and brown ink similar to but larger than Lugt 2103a.

  • Provenance

    Sagredo Family, Venice(with annotation C. C. Nº. 8); Unidentified Collector (Italian, Venice)(similar to but larger than Lugt Supp. 2103a); Comtesse de Noyant(according to Sotheby Parke Bernet catalogue); Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 21, 1975, no. 9, repr.; Vendor: Sotheby's, Los Angeles

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 6, 1997–January 4, 1998.

  • References

    Jacob Bean The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965-1975: Drawings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975, p. 64, ill.

    W. R. Rearick, National Gallery of Art The Art of Paolo Veronese, 1528–1588. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1988, (dates it to 1575-76), cat. no. 62, p. 125, ill.

    Jacob Bean Patterns of Collecting: Selected Acquisitions, 1965-1975 Explanatory texts accompanying an exhibition: December 6, 1975 through March 23, 1976. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975, (entry by Jacob Bean), p. 64, ill.

    Jacob Bean European Drawings Recently Acquired, 1972-1975 Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975-1976, cat. no. 32, ill.

    Jean-Luc Bordeaux "A Sheet of Studies for Veronese's Four Allegories of Love" Burlington Magazine. vol. 117, no. 870, September 1975, fig. no. 1, pp. 600-603, ill.

    "Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1974 - June 30, 1975. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 105, New York, 1975, p. 49, ill.

    Terisio Pignatti Veronese. 2 vols., Venice, 1976, cat. no. 233, 236, vol. 1, pp. 145-146, vol. 2, pl. 551, ill.

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, cat. no. 150, pp. 154-56, ill.

    Richard Cocke Veronese's Drawings with a Catalogue Raisonné. Ithaca, 1984, cat. no. 78.

    Xavier Salomon "New Evidence for the Original Arrangement of Paolo Veronese's Allegories of Love." Master Drawings. no. 1, vol. 51, 2012, fig. no. figs. 3-4, pp. 60, 62, note 18, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History