(Faenza (?) 1528 - Faenza 1588)
The Virgin and Child
A study of lips in brown ink on the verso.
Numbered 94(?) at the upper right and inscribed G. F M on the verso.
Further inscribed R and e catti(?) la on the verso.
Inscribed (by a previous owner) charmant dessin / (plume et lavis) / de Federigo Baroccio / peintre et graveur, né / à Urbino au 1526 ou 1528 / mort ds la meme ville / en 1612 / Paris, le 30 novembre 45 / Fleur(?) de Menthon(?) on the old backing board.
121 x 78 mm. (4 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)
An autograph variant of this drawing, of similar dimensions, was in a Swiss private collection in 1967.
The inscription G.F.M. on the verso of the backing sheet would appear to be the initials of an as-yet unidentified 17th or early 18th century collector of drawings. The same inscription is found on the backing sheet of a drawing by Giulio Romano which was on the art market in 2003, as well as on two other drawings, both by Nicolas Poussin of a dancing Bacchus; one in the Krugier-Poniatowski collection and the other in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. All three drawings are numbered in a similar manner to the present sheet; the Giulio Romano is numbered 94, the Krugier Poussin 93 and the Getty Poussin 109. Two further drawings with the G.F.M. inscription, both anonymous sheets of the 16th century and numbered 108 and 125, are in a French private collection. The numbering of these drawings would suggest that the collector assembled his drawings in albums.
Private collection, Paris, in 1945
Anonymous sale (‘Collection du Comte de M***’), Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 12 April 2008, lot 15.