( c.1528 - c.1575)
A Design for the Grotesque Decoration of a Quarter Section of a Ceiling, with a Landscape with a Ruin
Inscribed Io aucuno [...] confece / anc. recente a [...] ama / che si confiar […] di [...] / il mese […] o di […] on the verso.
Inscribed with a Colnaghi stock number D29494 / style of Giov. da Udine on the old mount.
211 x 288 mm. (8 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)
As Fuhring has further noted of the present sheet, as well as the related drawing at Windsor Castle, ‘The existence of two drawings of the same subject poses the problem of their relationship, as well as that of the designer and of their link with the executed work. Was one of the drawings the preparatory design for a frescoed ceiling decoration? Or were both drawings made after a now-lost, or not-yet published, painted ceiling decoration? Was one of the drawings made after the other, or were both made after an untraced original drawing?…The [present] drawing can be dated to the period 1540-50, it was executed in Rome and can be linked with the decoration of the apartment of Pope Paul III in the Castel Sant’Angelo by Perino del Vaga and his workshop.’
Stylistically comparable drawings by Luzio Romano are in the Uffizi in Florence, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Biblioteca Comunale in Palermo and the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, as well as the Biblioteca Academiei Romî in Bucharest.
Bought from him on 13 May 1966 by P. & D. Colnaghi, London, for £40
Sold by them on 25 October 1966 to Lodewijk Houthakker, Amsterdam (Lugt 3893).