Kneeling Bearded Old Man (recto); Section of a Draped Limb and Sketches (verso)
attributed to Nosadella (Giovanni Francesco Bezzi) (Italian, Bologna (?) ca. 1500–1571 Bologna)
Red chalk, pen and brown ink with brush and brown and red wash, highlighted with a little white (recto); pen sketch of a seated, bearded man, and a red chalk drapery (?) study amongst charcoal or black chalk transfer preparation (verso)
9 x 6 15/16in. (22.8 x 17.6cm)
Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1880
Not on view
Vividly rendered with pen and brown ink, brown wash over red chalk, this study was attributed to Nosadella, a pupil of Pellegrino Tibaldi, by Lawrence Turcic in 1979. His suggestion received confirmation in the old annotation, "nosadela", that was revealed when the drawing was removed from its old mount in 1980. The handling of pen and wash in the Museum's drawing is tipycal of the artist, may be usefully compared with that in a study of the kneeling Virgin by Nosadella in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (inv. D 1530). The Edinburgh drawing is related to Nosadella's painting with The Presentation in the Temple (private collection; Sotheby's, July 15, 1970, no. 73 and Christie's, April 24, 1981, no. 95).
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower right, "dell / Greche"; on verso, "nosadella".
Giuseppe Villardi; James Jackson Jarves; Cornelius Vanderbilt (American); Donor: Cornelius Vanderbilt (American)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Coles Gallery, 8: Tapestries and Paintings, Malachites, Vases, Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries in Gallery 4, Main Hall.," 1895.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 16, 1983–April 17, 1983.
Princeton University Art Museum. "The Making of a Masterpiece: Nosadella's Annunciation and The Artist as Image," February 20, 2010–May 16, 2010.
Coles Gallery, 8: Tapestries and Paintings, Malachites, Vases, etc.; Drawings by Old Masters, Etchings, Photographs, and Tapestries in Gallery 4, Main Hall. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hand-book, no. 8, New York, 1895, cat. no. 487.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, p. 49, no. 34.
Diane DeGrazia Correggio and His Legacy, Sixteenth Century Emilian Drawings. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington, DC, 1984, p. 321.
Anna Maria Ambrosini Massari, Raffaella Morselli, Andrea Emiliani Disegni Italiani della Biblioteca Nazionale di Rio de Janeiro. La Collezione Costa e Silva. Pesaro and Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 1995, p. 51.
Artist:Nosadella (Giovanni Francesco Bezzi) (Italian, Bologna (?) ca. 1500–1571 Bologna) Date:1500–1571Medium:Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk, with some traces of white gouache highlights (oxidized); the kneeling male figure at center reworked by the artist with pen and darker brown ink; a strip of paper added at the bottom and the design of the feet of the figure at lower left completed in brush and brown ink by an early hand, not that of the artistAccession:19.76.18On view in:Not on view
Artist:Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, Vinci 1452–1519 Amboise) Date:1510–1513Medium:Black chalk, charcoal, and red chalk, with some traces of white chalk (?); some remains of framing outline in pen and brown ink at upper right (not by Leonardo)Accession:51.90On view in:Not on view
Artist:Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio di Francia) (Italian, Paris or Pavia ca. 1374/75–after 1438 Verona) 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:Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) Date:ca. 1510–11Medium:Red chalk, with small accents of white chalk on the left shoulder of the figure in the main study (recto); soft black chalk, or less probably charcoal (verso)Accession:24.197.2On view in:Not on view
Artist:Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome) Date:1508–10Medium:Pen and brown ink over black chalk, partially incised with a stylus (recto); rubbed with black chalk for transfer (verso)Accession:1997.153On view in:Not on view