Alessandro MAGANZA (Vicenza 1556 - Vicenza 1632)

Two Allegorical Figures (Bacchus and Ariadne?)

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over an underdrawing in black chalk.
Inscribed (by Calando) 391- / Farinatti on the verso.
209 x 112 mm. (8 1/4 x 4 3/8 in.)


A fine addition to the corpus of drawings by the artist, the attribution of this sheet to Alessandro Maganza was first suggested by Hugo Chapman. In its rapid but assured handling of pen and the use of large areas of light brown wash to create powerful effects of chiaroscuro, the present sheet is typical of the distinctive and idiosyncratic draughtsmanship of the artist.

Stylistically comparable drawings by Maganza include studies of a Standing Female Figure and a Kneeling Saint Jerome, both in the Uffizi, a study of two women in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, a drawing with two studies of the bound Christ in Darmstadt and an Allegory of Charity in the Albertina in Vienna.

The present sheet bears the collector’s mark of Émile Louis Dominique Calando (1840-1898), whose collection (and collector’s mark) was inherited by his son Émile Pierre Victor Calando (1872-1953), before being dispersed several years after the latter’s death.

Émile Louis Dominique Calando, Paris (Lugt 837)
His son, Émile Pierre Victor Calando, Paris and Grasse, and thence by descent to Marguerite Calando
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, London, in 2008
Private collection, New York.

Alessandro MAGANZA

Two Allegorical Figures (Bacchus and Ariadne?)


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