Avanzino Nucci (Gualdo Tadino 1551 - Rome 1629)

The Marriage of the Virgin

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper.
Inscribed Avanzino at the lower centre and, in a different hand, Pomerancio at the lower right.
248 x 170 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.)


The present sheet, which is a typical and attractive example of Avanzino Nucci’s manner of drawing, remains unrelated to any known painting or fresco; this is not unusual, however, given the paucity of surviving works by the artist. The sculptural drapery of the figures is also typical of Nucci’s drawn oeuvre. Among stylistically comparable drawings is a Virgin and Child with Saints Charles Borromeo and Marta in the Louvre.

Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20 November 2000, lot 14 (as Attributed to Niccolo Circignano, called il Pomerancio)
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 2001
Private collection.

Marguerite Guillaume, Catalogue des dessins italiens: Collections du musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Dijon, 2004, p.146, under no.255.

Avanzino NUCCI

The Marriage of the Virgin


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