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Free Copy of Giotto's Navicella (recto); Copy of Adam in Masaccio's Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and other Figure Studies (verso)

Parri Spinelli (Italian, Arezzo 1387–1453 Arezzo) (recto)
Anonymous Italian Atist after Masaccio (Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Mone Casai) (Italian, San Giovanni Val d'Arno 1401–1428 Rome) (verso)
ca. 1420
Pen and brown ink (recto and verso). glued onto a secondary backing sheet of paper drawn in pen and brown ink, over black chalk.
Overall: 10 13/16 x 15 3/8 in. (27.5 x 39 cm)
Credit Line:
Hewitt Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Verso of sheet covered by backing: apparently, three sketches of ships. The backing sheet portrays a free copy after Masaccio's Adam and Eve in the Brancacci Chpel (Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence).

Inscription: Recto is inscribed in pen and brown ink, probably by the artist, along the side of the boat: "la nave di giotto chi...i santo pietro a roma di musaicho." ("The ship by Giotto which is in Saint Peter's in Rome in mosaic.") Annotated in pen and brown ink in another hand, at lower left: "Giotto." Annotated at lower margin of Pembroke mount: "Giotto. 1276-1336. The Picture is in mosaic about 30. feet broad & 20. feet High, a great Weight to be so / raised from ye Wall was saved & Fram'd out of old St. Peter's - this figure angling is mentioned in his Life, there is an other drawing without it."

Marking: Metropolitan Museum of Art collector's stamp (Lugt 1943).
Probably Giorgio Vasari (Italian, Arezzo 1511–1574 Florence)(at the upper right: framing motif similar to those used in Vasari's 'Libro de' Disgni'); possibly acquired by Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1656–1733, Wilton House, Wiltshire); Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1734–1794, Wilton House, Wiltshire)(reorganized after 1772-73 in Pembroke Volume IV, XU. 4); by descent to Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1880–1960, Wilton House, Wiltshire); Pembroke sale, Sotheby's, London, July 5–6, 9–10, 1917, lot 515, repr. (as Giotto di Bondone)
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