Lot 23
  • 23

Venetian School, late 16th Century

18,000 - 22,000 GBP
20,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • study of a man, seen from behind, stepping to the right, heavily draped
  • Black chalk heightened with white chalk on grey/blue paper
  • 269 by 195 mm


C.R. Rudolf, London,
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 21 May 1963, lot 15 (as Venetian School, 16th Century, Study for a Gondolier);
Denys Sutton, London,
by descent to the present owner



D. Sutton, Tizian, Berlin/Munich 1963, p. 81 (as Titian);
T. Pignatti and M. A. Chiari , Tiziano, Disegni, Florence 1979, no. 46 (as Titian, c.1555);
D. Rosand, 'Titian Drawings: A Crisis of Connoisseurship?', Master Drawings, 19, 1981, p. 306, note 9;
H.E. Wethey, Titian and his Drawings, Princeton 1987, p. 226, no. X-12 (as Venetian or North Italian School, 17th Century);
M.A. Chiari, 'Disegni di Tiziano', Saggi e Memorie di storia dell'arte, 16, 1988, p. 66, no. A-8, fig. 110 (as attributed to Titian)

Catalogue Note

According to Wethey (loc. cit.), the traditional attribution to Titian was accepted by Philip Pouncey.  Other scholars have, however, doubted this, and the style of this drawing, with its slightly angular drapery, and also the rounded treatment of the head, seems, perhaps closest to the work of Jacopo Bassano.  It is likely to be by an artist in that circle.