Exhibitions/ Art Object

A Kneeling Man in Fifteenth-Century Costume (recto); a small, fragmentary sketch of a recumbant boy, probably by a later hand (verso)

Circle of Pinturicchio (Italian, Perugia 1454–1513 Siena)
ca. 1509
Metalpoint, heightened with white, reworked with the point of the brush and gray ink, on gray prepared paper.
6 x 4 in. (15.3 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This figure was probably copied from a larger narrative drawing attributed to Pinturicchio (now in the British Museum, London), depicting the Clemency of Scipio, the Roman general. The nearly identical figure in the London drawing represents the father of a captive maiden who kneels before Scipio’s throne. Both drawings may have been preparatory studies for the now lost fresco of the same subject that Pinturicchio painted in the Palazzo Petrucci (Palazzo del Magnifico) in Siena in 1509.
Luigi Grassi, Florence (Lugt Suppl. 1171b [upside down]); Frits Lugt, Paris; Grassi sale 1924, lot 141, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1924.
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