Lot 5
  • 5

Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, called Parmigianino

Estimate
25,000 - 35,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, called Parmigianino
  • canephoros facing to the front, the head turned to the right
  • Red chalk

Provenance

Herbert  E. Feist;
Dr. Edgar Plan, Vienna

Literature

A.E. Popham, Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino, New Haven and London 1971, vol. I, p. 228, no. 796, reproduced vol. III, pl. 340;
E. Battisti, 'Ecce Virgo ecce habet lampades. Il Parmigianino alla Steccata', Santa Maria della Steccata a Parma, Parma 1982, p. 189, reproduced p. 127;
S. B├ęguin, M. di Giampaolo, M. Vaccaro, Parmigianino, The Drawings, Turin/London 2000, p. 210, under no. 119 (entry by di Giampaolo);
A. Gnann, Parmigianino, Die Zeichnungen, Petersberg 2007, p. 473, no. 766, reproduced p. 579

Condition

Laid down on old piece of paper. In two or three places it hasn't been properly glued on the backing sheet - to the right and a little to the left margin, creating lumps in the paper. A crease at the bottom left corner. Some surface dirt and four pinpoint holes at the corners. Chalk not very strong, possibly the drawing was used to make a counterproof.
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Catalogue Note

The canephori are painted at the base of the vault in the Parmese church of Santa Maria della Steccata, a commission which Parmigianino undertook in May 1530 but which was never completed.  Popham, in his catalogue of Parmigianino drawings, writes that the position of the figure in the present sheet closely resembles the sheet by Parmigianino with two canephori at Windsor.1  It is particularly close to the figure to the left, very similar in the position of the head and arms, the raised left leg and the arrangement of the drapery.  Several other drawings are known relating to the canephori, which are inspired by classical sources.2

1. See Popham, op. cit., vol. I, p. 198, no. 663, reproduced  vol. III, pl. 342
2. See Popham, op. cit., vol. I, p. 102, under no. 228