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An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection, Correggio to Tiepolo

An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection, Correggio to Tiepolo

Wolk-Simon, Linda, and Carmen C. Bambach, with contributions by Stijn Alsteens, George R. Goldner, Perrin Stein, and Mary Vacarro
268 pages
244 illustrations
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This handsome volume presents selections from one of America's preeminent private collections of Old Master drawings, assembled over the last quarter century by David M. and Julie Tobey. Dating from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, seventy-two drawings—several previously unpublished—are featured. The diverse array of holdings consists principally of works by Italian masters but also by artists whose careers brought them south of the Alps, among them such brilliant draftsmen as Correggio, Giulio Romano, Parmigianino, Salvator Rosa, Poussin, Bernini, Canaletto, Tiepolo, and their contemporaries.

Impressive in their variety, the drawings include figure and composition studies, landscapes, portraits, botanical drawings, motifs inspired by classical antiquity, and designs for painted compositions. Among the highlights are a splendid study of the head of Julius Caesar by Andrea del Sarto, a lively sheet of sketches by Perino del Vaga, a stunningly naturalistic study of a nude boy by Ludovico Carracci, a poetic Guercino landscape, charming topographical views by Luca Carlegarijs, Canaletto, and Bernardo Bellotto, a rare composition drawing by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and a richly painted allegory by Giovanni David, to name just a few of the superlative examples in this carefully formed collection.

The catalogue includes lengthy entries on each drawing and illuminating biographies of the artists. Every drawing in the Tobey Collection is reproduced in color and accompanied by numerous comparative illustrations.

The contributors are Linda Wolk-Simon, Curator; George R. Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman; Carmen C. Bambach and Perrin Stein, Curators; and Stijn Alsteens, Associate Curator, all of the Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Mary Vaccaro, Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Marble sarcophagus with the myth of Selene and Endymion, Marble, Roman
early 3rd century CE
Bacchanalian Scene, Amico Aspertini  Italian, Black chalk, highlighted with white, on brown-washed paper
Amico Aspertini
Study for the Head of Julius Caesar, Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d'Agnolo)  Italian, Red chalk
Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d'Agnolo)
ca. 1520–21
Julius Caesar, Andrea di Pietro di Marco Ferrucci  Italian, Marble, Italian, Florence
Andrea di Pietro di Marco Ferrucci
ca. 1512–14
Studies for an Altarpiece with the Virgin Enthroned, Attended by Four Saints (recto); Various Figure Studies, Some Possibly for a Deposition of Christ (verso), Polidoro da Caravaggio  Italian, Pen and brown ink, some brush and brown wash
Polidoro da Caravaggio
The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, after Bandinelli, Marcantonio Raimondi  Italian, Engraving; second state of two
Marcantonio Raimondi
Baccio Bandinelli
ca. 1520
Head of a boy and section of a horse's mane, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi)  Italian, Brush, brown and red gouache, over a little black chalk
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi)
Horse's head, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi)  Italian, Brush and brown, red, green, yellow wash and white gouache over black chalk
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi)
Study of a Left Leg and Drapery, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano)  Italian, Black chalk
Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano)
ca. 1550
Three Standing Figures, Francesco Primaticcio  Italian, Pen and ink and white gouache, over traces of black chalk, on paper washed gray
Francesco Primaticcio
16th century
Design for Two Knife Handles, Cherubino Alberti (Zaccaria Mattia)  Italian, Engraving
Cherubino Alberti (Zaccaria Mattia)
Francesco Salviati (Francesco de' Rossi)
Design for Two Knife Handles, Cherubino Alberti (Zaccaria Mattia)  Italian, Engraving
Cherubino Alberti (Zaccaria Mattia)
Francesco Salviati (Francesco de' Rossi)
Seated Sibyl and Attendant Genius (recto); Study of the Head of a Horse in Profile (verso), Pirro Ligorio  Italian, Red chalk on beige paper (recto); pen and brown ink (verso)
Pirro Ligorio
ca. 1540
Studies for Four Figures (recto); Composition Sketches for Groupings of Figures on Clouds (verso), Jacopo Palma the Younger  Italian, Brush with brown and white oil paint, over black chalk, on light brown paper (recto); black chalk and charcoal (verso)
Jacopo Palma the Younger
Samson Slaying the Philistine, after Michelangelo (recto); Figure of Fury, after Rosso Fiorentino (verso), Giovanni Battista Naldini  Italian, Red chalk (recto); black chalk (verso)
Multiple artists/makers
Study after Michelangelo's Giorno (recto and verso), Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)  Italian, Black and white chalk on blue paper
Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)
ca. 1550–55
Venationes ferarum avium, piscium..., Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus  Netherlandish, plates: engraving
Multiple artists/makers
16th century
Saint John the Baptist Baptizing the Multitude, Pellegrino Tibaldi  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash
Pellegrino Tibaldi
A Janissary "of War" with a Lion, Jacopo Ligozzi  Italian, Watercolor, gouache, gold paint, gum arabic, and burnishing
Jacopo Ligozzi
ca. 1577–80
Botanical Specimen (Motherwort or "Leonurus cardiaca"), Jacopo Ligozzi  Italian, Brush with watercolor and gouache on vellum
Jacopo Ligozzi
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Wolk-Simon, Linda, and Carmen Capell Bambach. 2010. An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection Correggio to Tiepolo [Exhibition, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 12-August 15, 2010]. New York New Haven (Conn.): Metropolitan museum of art Yale university press.