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Title:St. Charles Borromeo Giving Communion to the Plague-Stricken
Artist:Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris)
Dimensions:5 7/8 x 16 3/8 in. (14.9 x 41.6 cm)
Credit Line:Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1975
Inscription: Pen and brown ink, lower right corner: "esquisse de mr Le Brun"
Marking: Stamped in black ink at lower right corner, collector's mark of Earl Spencer (Lugt 1531); stamped in brown ink at lower right corner, collector's mark of William Esdaile (Lugt 2617); stamped in black ink on old mount, collector's mark of Dr. C. R. Rudolf (Lugt 2811b).
Collection of Earls Spencer (British)Lugt 1531; sale, London, T. Philipe, June 10-17, 1811, no. 433, "Monks administering the sacrament to the wounded in battle - masterly black chalk"; William Esdaile (British)Lugt 2617; sale, London, Christie's, June 18-25, 1840, part of lot 1205, "St. Ambrose visiting the sick at Milan, black chalk; and two, by J. Bourdon."; Dr. Carl Robert Rudolf sale, London, Sotheby's, May 29, 1975, lot 2, pl. 11; Vendor: Colnaghi, New York
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seventeenth Century French Drawings and Prints from the Museum's Collections," May 18–August 22, 1982.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "French Drawings Recently Acquired, 1975-1984," November 27, 1984–February 10, 1985.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "15th–18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 1986–January 4, 1987.
Bean and Turcic 1986.159
Jennifer Montagu "Charles Le Brun and his Sculptors: A Reconsideration in the Light of Some Newly Identified Drawings." in Burlington Magazine. vol. 118, 1976, fig. no. 45, p. 92, ill.
Jean-Claude Boyer "Un case singulier: le 'Saint Charles Borromée' de Pierre Mignard pour San Carlo ai Catinari.'" Revue de L'Art. no. 64, Paris, 1984, fig. no. 16, pp. 30, 34, ill.
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th-18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, cat. no. 159, pp. 147-148, ill.
Simon Vouet. 100 neuentdeckte Zeichnungen aus den Beständen der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. Exh. cat., Munich, Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. Munich, 1991, cat. no. 109, pp. 273, 275, ill.
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