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Saint John the Baptist

Innocenzo da Imola (Innocenzo Francucci) (Imola 1488/89–Bologna ca. 1545)
Former Attribution:
Giuliano di Piero di Simone Bugiardini (Italian, Florence 1475–1554 Florence)
early 16th century
Black and white chalk
16 9/16 x 4 5/8 in. (42 x 11.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Innocenzo trained as a painter in Bologna with Francesco
Francia then in Florence with Mariotto Albertinelli. After
returning to Bologna in 1517, he executed paintings for
churches there and in surrounding towns. In contrast to the
formality of his painting style, his drawings—a small group
of which survives—reveal a softer touch. In this sheet, no
doubt a study for a painting, the artist determines the pose
of the figure and observes the play of light across the torso,
limbs, and drapery. Innocenzo’s gifts as a draftsman are evident
in the rhythmic charcoal lines and lively white highlights.
Marking: 1. Handwritten notation on verso: Bugiardini B.B.
2. Watermark: anchor in a circle with a star
Jonathan Richardson Senior, London (Lugt 2184); Maurice Marignane, Paris (Lugt 1872); Hubert Marignane, Paris; [H.M. Calmann, London]; [P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Colnaghi in 1960.
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