Lot 6
  • 6

Marcantonio Raimondi Arguis circa 1480 - 1534 Bologna

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Marcantonio Raimondi
  • fortune
  • pen and brown ink, squared with a stylus


Sale, Munich, Weinmuller, 13-14 October 1938, lot 34 (as Jacopo dei Barbari);
H.N. Squire, his sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 1975, lot 9;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1987, lot 19 (purchased by the present owner)


London, Royal Academy, Drawings by the Old Masters, 1953, p. 12, no. 25 (as Lorenzo Costa or Amico Aspertini)


Marzia Faietti and Konrad Oberhuber, Bologna e l'Umanesimo,1490-1510, exhibition catalogue, Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale, 1988, p. 77, note 59, reproduced p. 78, fig. 41

Catalogue Note

In his essay on the development of Marcantonio's style, Konrad Oberhuber associated the graphic style of this refined drawing with that of a study of Ceres now in the Musée Bonnat, Bayonne, and with the Figure of a Shepherd now in the Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig.1  In these works the artist strives to achieve an elegance of movement and a graceful depiction of the body, with strong links to antique prototypes.  Oberhuber also remarked on the similarities with Marcantonio's engraving of circa 1504-5, The Temptation of two Youths (fig. 1).2  In fact the central female figure in the engraving is not far from the present Fortune in its fluent lines and classical contrapposto. At the time of the sale in 1987, both Marzia Faietti and Konrad Oberhuber dated this study to around 1504.
This drawing is sold unframed.

1. Faietti and Oberhuber, op. cit., p. 78, figs. 40 and 42

2. Faietti and Oberhuber, op. cit., p. 121, reproduced, and Illustrated Bartsch, p. 89, no. 396