Attributed to Prospero Fontana
- Prospero Fontana
- design for a spandrel with two male nudes
- Red chalk;
bears attribution in black chalk lower left: Pelegrino
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The Bolognese artist Prospero Fontana worked in central Italy, chiefly in Rome, Bologna, Parma and Florence, executing a number of important commissions and also collaborating with Giorgio Vasari and Pellegrino Tibaldi. He is mentioned by Vasari as a pupil of Innocenzo da Imola and among the non-Florentine members of the Accademia del Disegno, but his drawing style is still not well known and only a few sheets can be definitely related to his painted work. Often Fontana received drawings by Vasari to be executed as paintings. In this drawing, both Bolognese and Florentine influences can be detected, and it is interesting to note its old attribution to 'Pelegrino'. It is possible that during a brief stay in Bologna in 1551-52, Fontana worked with Tibaldi on the decoration of the Cappella Poggi in the church of San Giacomo Maggiore.1
1. For more information on the relationship between Prospero Fontana and Giorgio Vasari, see F. Härb, 'Prospero Fontana alias Giorgio Vasari: Collaboration and the Limits of Authorship', Francesco Salviati et la Bella Maniera, Actes des colloques de Rome et de Paris (1998), Rome 2001, pp. 577-608