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Bust of a Woman with an Elaborate Coiffure.

Rosso Fiorentino (Italian, Florence 1494–1540 Fontainebleau)

Date:
1530s
Medium:
Black chalk; some contours reinforced in pen and brown ink, and background tinted in brown wash (by another hand)
Dimensions:
9-5/16 x 6-15/16 in. (23.6 x 17.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.124.2
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed in pen and brown ink at upper border, Rosso Fiorentino.

    Inscription: Annotated in hand of John Talman (H. MacAndrew Nov. 75) in ink below gold design, da Rosso Fiorentino /Julia Gonzaga / Barbarossa the famous Turkish Pirate attempted to surprize this famous Beauty in order to make a Present of Her / to Solyman ye. Emperour: and for that purpose landed by night 2000 Souldiers near Fundi where she then was; but at ye. / first alarm she mounting a Horse without any clothes but her smock made her Escape; at wch ye Barbarian was / so inraged that he burnt the Town; This Lady was the Widdow of Vespasian Colonna. Thuanus speaks much in her Praise. / Dictionaire de Moreri.
    Numbered in graphite on lower right corner, 93.
    Aannotated in ink at upper right, Giulia Gonzaga Duchezz [a] / di Mantoa.

    Annotated in graphite on upper center of verso, Le Rosso or Master Roux of Florence 1496/1541 1524.
    Annotated in pen and brown ink on verso, Rosso Fiorentino / e collectione J. Talman.

    Marking: Sir Joshua Reynolds' collector's mark (Lugt 2364) at lower right border on recto; John Fitchett Marsh collector's mark (Lugt 1455) at lower right border below gilt design on recto.

  • Provenance

    John Talman (British, 1677–1726)(the drawing is pasted on a Talman mount); Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London); John Fitchett Marsh (British, Wigan, Lancashire 1818–1880 Warrington); Hans M. Calmann

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art".

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 21, 1995–November 26, 1995.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 8, 1999–May 3, 1999.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 9, 2006–April 9, 2006.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 9, 2006–April 6, 2009.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 12, 2009–April 12, 2009.

  • References

    Frits Lugt Les marques de collections de dessins et d'estampes. Marques estampillés et écrites de collections particulières et publiques. Marques de marchands, de monteurs, et d'imprimeurs. Cachets de vente d'artistes décédés. Marques de graveurs apposées.... Amsterdam, 1921.

    Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. I: The Italian Renaissance. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1965, cat. no. 77, fig. no. 77, p. 53, ill.

    "Mostre a New York" in Sele Arte. Sele Arte Magazine, vol. 13, nos. 77-78, January-June. 1966, cat. no. nos. 77-78, p. 103, no. 168, ill.

    Walter Vitzthum "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions: Drawings from New York Collections." The Burlington Magazine. 108, (Feb. 1966). London, 1966, p. 110, ill.

    Eugene A. Carroll The Drawings of Rosso Fiorentino. vols. 1, 2, New York and London, 1976, cat. no. Vol. 2, no. D 25, fig. no. Vol. 2, fig. 81.

    Hair. Exh. cat. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, 1980, p. 4.

    Edward J. Olszewski The Draftsman's Eye: Late Italian Renaissance Schools and Styles. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland Museum of Art, March 6 - April 22, 1979. Cleveland, 1981, cat. no. no. 25, pp. 6-7,13,18,26.

    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. 226, fig. no. 226, p. 227, ill.

    Rosso Fiorentino: Drawings, Prints, and Decorative Arts. Ex. cat., Oct. 25,1987-Jan. 3,1988. edited by Jane Sweeney, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington, D.C., 1987, cat. no. 50, pp. 148-149, ill.

    Alessandra Giovannetti Francesco Morandini detto il Poppi. Florence, 1995, p. 218, under cat. D27.

    Giancarlo Fiorenza "Penelope's Web: Francesco Primaticcio's Epic Revision at Fontainebleau." Renaissance Quarterly. vol. 59, 2006. 2006, fig. no. 13, pp. 823-24., ill.



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