c.1600 ROMAN SCHOOL
The Miracle of the Santa Casa of Loreto
Squared for transfer in black chalk.
252 x 179 mm. (9 7/8 x 7 in.)
This drawing bears the collector’s mark of the Milanese banker Cesare Frigerio (1890-1977[?]), a sometime president of the Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde in Milan about whom relatively little else is known. He seems to have collected mainly Italian Old Master drawings, as well as some 19th century sheets. Although some of Frigerio’s drawings later entered the possession of his fellow Milanese collector Giorgio Dalla Bella (b.1923) and the German photographer Herbert List (1903-1975), with both of whom he corresponded, most of his drawings were dispersed after his death, and began appearing on the art market in the late 1970s.