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Bolognese School, late 17th Century
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON
bears old attribution in brown ink on reverse of backing sheet: Ecole d' - Anibale Caracci
pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk
276 by 203mm; 10 7/8 by 8 in
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Provenance

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 21 March 1974, lot 12, reproduced (as Lodovico Carracci);
purchased at that sale by John and Alice Steiner 

Exhibited

Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Art Museum, et. al., Renaissance and Baroque Drawings from the Collections of John and Alice Steiner, 1977, no. 8, reproduced (as Lodovico Carracci);
Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Old Master Drawings from the Collection of John and Alice Steiner, 1986, cat. no. 14, reproduced (as Lodovico Carracci)

Catalogue Note

This composition is closely related to that of a drawing by Agostino Carracci at Windsor (see R. Wittkower, The Drawings of the Carracci...at Windsor Castle, London 1952, p. 112, no. 95, illus. pl. 30). That study is related to a lost painting attributed to Annibale but known only through an engraving (plate 9 in the Galerie du Palais d'Orléans). Other drawings related to the compositon are known (see D. Posner, Annibale Carracci, London 1971, vol. I, p. 62, and p. 161, note 32). Although the Steiner drawing has been catalogued as by Lodovico, it seems to be the work of an artist of a later generation. Its graceful, linear style is reminiscent even of Donato Creti.

Old Master Drawings

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