(Florence 1585 - Florence 1644)
A Woman and Child Seated in a Landscape
Inscribed Parmigianino at the bottom centre.
168 x 130 mm. (6 5/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
Also similar in handling, albeit somewhat larger and more complex in composition, is Bilivert’s drawing of Pope Leo X Receiving King François I of France in the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome, related to a painting of 1627 now in a private collection in Scotland, as well as a Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille, which is a study for the major late altarpiece of 1642 in Santissima Annunziata in Florence. Other technically and stylistically comparable drawings in black chalk and grey wash by Bilivert include two studies in the Uffizi; one of Susanna and the Elders and the other a fragmentary compositional drawing for a late painting of Salome Presents the Head of Saint John the Baptist to Herod.
The first recorded owner of this drawing was the Russian-born banker Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903), who worked for the Rothschild bank and settled in Florence in 1866. He began collecting books, manuscripts, prints and drawings at the time of his arrival in Italy, and by the time of his death had amassed a huge collection, which was left to his niece, Mme. Hugo Finaly, née Eugenia Ellenberger (1850-1938). The present sheet later belonged to the Austrian banker Albin Schram (1926-2005), an important collector of historical letters, written by significant literary, political, scientific and musical figures, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
By descent to his niece, Mme. Hugo Finaly, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Dispersed with the rest of the Landau-Finaly collection in the late 1940s and early 1950s, with the Landau-Finaly collector’s label (Lugt 1334c) and the associated inventory number 196, attached to the former mount (according to the 1984 Christie’s catalogue)
Anonymous sale (The Property of a Continental Collector), London, Christie’s, 4 July 1984, lot 13
Albin Schram, Lausanne
Thence by descent.