A Man Seated on a Throne

Follower of Piero della Francesca

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This drawing of an enthroned man holding a scepter may be a portrait of an unidentified ruler, and was perhaps intended for a cycle of illustrious men. In its format, size, and iconography, the drawing recalls popular fifteenth-century tarot cards (tarocchi), and specifically “emperor” cards, which portray similar, closely cropped images of enthroned male figures with attributes of rulership. Formerly associated with Piero della Francesco, the drawing was produced by a less-talented follower.

A Man Seated on a Throne, Follower of Piero della Francesca (Italian, San Sepolcro, ca. 1412–1492 San Sepolcro), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidized), over traces of black chalk., Italian

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