Fra Semplice da Verona (Verona 1589 - Roma or Verona 1654)

The Head of a Bearded Man Sold

Black and red chalk, with stumping, heightened with touches of white chalk, on blue paper.
Inscribed with a shelfmark Ee42 and numbered 2h / L 41 on the old mount.
158 x 108 mm. (6 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

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Previously attributed to Jacopo Bassano, the present sheet may instead be attributed to Fra Semplice on stylistic grounds. While the drawing cannot be related to any surviving painting by the artist, similar heads appear in such works as a large painting of The Expulsion of the Unwanted Wedding Guest, signed and dated 1622, formerly in the collection of the Dukes of Hamilton and sold at auction in London in 1987. An approximate stylistic comparison may also be made with a drawing of a kneeling man by Fra Semplice in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Provenance:
N. G. Stogdon, New York and Artemis Fine Arts, London, in 1986 (as Jacopo Bassano)
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 6 July 2004, lot 38
Private collection, USA.

Literature:
New York, N. G. Stogdon, Inc. and London, Artemis Fine Arts, Drawings from the 15th to the 20th Century, 1986, unpaginated, no.3, illustrated in colour pl.3 (as Jacopo Bassano).

Fra SEMPLICE DA VERONA

The Head of a Bearded Man

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