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Seated Man with a Book and a Scroll

Artist:
Veronese School, Workshop of Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni di Francia) (Italian, Paris or Pavia ca. 1374/75–after 1438 Verona)
Date:
first half 15th century
Medium:
Pen and brown ink.
Dimensions:
11 9/16 x 6 15/16 in. (29.3 x 17.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.262
Not on view
This crowned figure, in the act of orating from a book, probably represents a Father of the Church or a biblical prophet. The inscriptions on the book and scroll do not appear to refer to a particular sacred text that could help in identifying the figure or its intended context. This sheet, along with examples from other collections, which portray similar figures in the act of writing and are annotated in a similar hand, may have served as ideas for an unknown pictorial cycle. While the figure’s facial features closely recall the style of Stefano da Verona, the mechanical quality of the drawing suggests it was produced by a member of his workshop.
Marking: Annotated in pen and ink in a late fifteenth-century hand on the scroll: Ve avisando ben gardado nota bene (He proclaims a precept it is well to observe); on the book: Di piaxere a dio piaxer ti sia (May it give you pleasure to please God).
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, 116-117, no. R10.



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