Study for the Fonte Gaia of Siena

Jacopo della Quercia (Jacopo di Pietro d'Angelo, Jacopo della Fonte) (Italian, Siena 1374?–1438 Siena)

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on vellum
7-13/16 x 8-7/16 in. (19.9 x 21.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Ink label, upper right: No. 48. The ex libris with the Milford coat of arms and motto "Ducit Amor Patriae" (Lugt Suppl. 2687) was pasted onto the support by the collector.

  • Provenance

    Giorgio Vasari (Italian, Arezzo 1511–1574 Florence)(?), according to R. Collobi; Erasmus Philipps ; Sir Richard Philipps, 7th Baronet (British, 1744–1823); Sir John Philipps, Baronet

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 17, 1995–August 20, 1995.

  • References

    Andrea De Marchi, Max Seidel, Santa Maria della Scala Santa Maria della Scala et al., Siena Da Jacopo della Quercia a Donatello: le arti a Siena nel primo rinascimento. Federico Motta Editore, Milan, 2010, (entry by Federica Siddi), cat. no. A. 18, fig. no. a, b, pp.68-70, ill.

    "The Picture Galley and the Print Room (in A Report to the Trustees on the Buildings and Growth of the Collections)." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 8, no. 10, New York, MMA, June 1950, p. 130.

    Luigi Biagi Jacopo della Quercia. Florence, 1946, pp. 63-65 (summary of the history of the fountain), pl. 10 (ill. of Victoria and Albert Museum drawing), pl. 11-24 (photographs of fountain).

    Richard Krautheimer "A drawing for the Fonte Gaia in Siena." in The Metropolitan Museu of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 10, no. 10, New York, June 1952, p. 266 (ill.), p. 272 (ill. detail)., pp. 265-274.

    Sir John Pope-Hennessy Burlington Magazine. vol. 95, 1953, p. 278.

    Sir John Pope-Hennessy Italian Gothic Sculpture. London, 1955, p. 214.

    Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Graphic Society, New York, 1964, cat. no. 1, fig. no. 1, ill.

    Anne Coffin Hanson Jacopo della Quercia's Fonte Gaia. Oxford, 1965, pp. 22-34; pl. 4, pp. 11-14, ill.

    C. Seymour, Jr. Festschrift Ulrich Middeldorf. Berlin, 1968, fig. no. 46, 48, pp. 93-105, ill.

    Bernhard Degenhart, Annegrit Schmitt Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450: Teil I: Süd-und Mittelitalien. Vol. 1 of 4, Berlin, 1968, Vol. 1, cat. no. 112; Vol. 3, pl. 161a.

    Carlo del Bravo Scultura senese del Quattrocento. Florence, 1970, fig. no. 65, pp. 24-25, 34, ill.

    Sir John Pope-Hennessy Italian Gothic Sculpture. London and New York, 1972, p. 213.

    C. Seymour, Jr. Jacopo della Quercia, Sculptor. New Haven, Connecticut and London, 1973, fig. no. 40, p. 45.

    Licia Ragghianti Collobi Il libro de'disegni del Vasari. 2 vols., Florence, 1974, Vol. 1, p. 43; vol. 2, fig. 52.

    Jacopo della quercia nell'arte del suo tempo. Exh. cat., Palazzo Publico. Palazzo Publico, Siena, Siena, 1975, pp. 107, 110, ill.

    F. Bisogni Jacopo della Quercia fra gotico e rinascimento. Atti del convegno di studi.. Florence, 1977, fig. no. 12.1, 12.2, pp. 109-114.

    Luciano Bellosi I disegni antichi degli Uffizi, i tempi del Ghiberti. Exhibition catalogue, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Florence, 1978, p. 20.

    Peter Ward-Jackson Italian Drawings, Volume One: 14th - 16th centruy. vol. 1, London, 1979, cat. no. 17, pp. 21-24.

    Francis Ames-Lewis Drawing in Early Renaissance Italy. New Haven and London, 1981, pp. 128, 130., 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. 209, fig. no. 209, pp. 210-11, ill.

    Francis Ames-Lewis, Joanne Wright Drawing in the Italian Renaissance Workshop. Exh. cat., University Art Gallery, Nottingham, 12 February to 12 March 1983; Victoria and Albert Museum, 30 March to May 15. London, 1983, cat. no. 46, pp. 224-27., ill.

    Keith Christiansen Painting in Renaissance Siena, 1420-1500. Ex. cat.: December 19, 1988-March 19, 1989. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, fig. no. 2, p. 38.

    Marilyn Symmes Fountains: Splash and Spectacles. Water and Design form the Renaissance to the Present Exh. cat. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (9 June - 11 October 1998). New York, 1998, fig. no. 56, pp. 34-35, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History