Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white, on blue-grey paper, the figure of Christ partly incised;
the corners cut
Jonathan Richardson, Jr. (L.2170);
by descent to Edward Holland Martin,
his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 November 1958, lot 151A (as Perino del Vaga, Noli Me Tangere)
This very charming study seems to be by an artist in the circle of Polidoro, but very little is known of the drawing styles of those painters who worked in his orbit, such as Stefano Giordano, Pietro Negroni and Deodato Guinaccia. The composition differs notably from Polidoro's impressive painting of the subject now in the Courtauld Institute, London.1
Mortari (loc. cit.) incorrectly states that the drawing was catalogued as Salviati in the Skippe collection and sale, and she mentions that Konrad Oberhuber accepted that attribution.
1. P. Leone de Castris, Polidoro da Caravaggio, exhib. cat., Naples, Capodimonte, 1988-89, p. 94, no. VIII.1, reproduced
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