Veronese School, possibly a follower of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)
Pen and brown ink.
12 1/16 x 8 in. (30.6 x 20.3 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The strong contours of this sheet, seen especially in the treatment of the hair and beard, are characteristic of Stefano’s drawing style, as are the parallel hatched lines used to create shading. The identity of this nude male figure running in a landscape, bearing the attributes of a single boot, a shield, and a spray of flowers, remains enigmatic. It may represent a mythological god -- perhaps Jupiter -- an allegorical figure, or an image of a wild man, popular in medieval and Renaissance legend.
Marking: Annotated in pen and brown ink in a fifteenth-century hand at the lower right: Avanti; at the upper right: Fato (?); inscribed at the upper left, “Questo desegno fo de felixo,” (probably referring to an early fifteenth-century Veronese collector, Felice Feliciano, who owned the drawing). Trace of a fragmented watermark with a caduceus (or a thin spot of paper).
Francesco Calceolari (or Calzolari), Verona; Conte Lodovico Moscardo, Verona; acquired from the Moscardo family in 1905 by Luigi Grassi, Florence (Lugt Suppl. 1171b); Frits Lugt, Paris; Grassi sale 1924, lot 116, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1924.
Evelyn Karet. Drawings of Stefano da Verona and His Circle and the Origins of Collecting in Italy: A Catalogue Raisonné. Philadelphia, 2002, pp. 35, 140-141, no. R21.
Artist: Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)Date: 1435–38Medium: Pen and brown ink, over traces of charcoal or black chalk (recto); pen and brown ink, brush with touches of brown wash, over traces of charcoal or black chalk (verso)Accession: 1996.364a, bOn view in:Not on view
Artist: Veronese School, Workshop of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)Date: first half 15th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink.Accession: 1975.1.262On view in:Not on view