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)

Kneeling Bearded Old Man (recto); Section of a Draped Limb and Sketches (verso)

Artist:
attributed to Nosadella (Giovanni Francesco Bezzi) (Italian, Bologna (?) ca. 1500–1571 Bologna)
Date:
1500–1571
Medium:
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)
Dimensions:
9 x 6 15/16in. (22.8 x 17.6cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1880
Accession Number:
80.3.487
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).
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.