School of Baccio Bandinelli (Italian, Gaiole in Chianti 1493–1560 Florence)
mid to late 16th century
Pen and brown ink
12 3/16 x 7 5/8 in. (31 x 19.4 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The artist probably drew this sketch of a seated man holding a book, portrayed in a rather natural pose, from a live model—perhaps using another artist or studio assistant, as was common in Florentine workshops at the time. The drawing was likely produced by a pupil of Baccio Bandinelli, a sculptor for the Medici family, whose numerous drawings are frequently confused with those of his followers.
Marking: Annotated in pencil on the mount, perhaps in an eighteenth-century hand: B. Bandinelli
John Skippe, the Upper Hall, Ledbury, England (see Lugt 1529 a-b); his sister, Penelope Skippe, married in 1774 to James Martin, Overbury Court, Worcestershire; James Martin's son, Old Colwall, Malvern; by descent through his mother to Edward Holland; his sister, Mrs. A.C. Rayner-Wood; his nephew, Edward Holland-Martin; Skippe sale 1958, lot 10B. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1958.