(Bologna c.1530 - Rome 1576)
The Virgin and Child with a Bishop Saint (Petronius?)
A drawing of The Adoration of the Shepherds, by a different hand, on the verso, executed in pen and brown ink and brown wash, with the head of the Christ Child partly squared for transfer in black chalk, and with framing lines in brown ink.
Faintly inscribed and. del sarto(?) at the lower right.
381 x 244 mm. (15 x 9 5/8 in.)
The present sheet appears to show the Virgin and Child seated on a crescent moon, and as such can be likened to a drawing by Sabatini of a similar subject, albeit without the attendant saint, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. That drawing is in turn related to two engravings, one by Agostino Carracci and the other by Domenico Tibaldi, which are both derived from the same original design by Sabatini.
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 25 January 2002, lot 131.