Lot 239
  • 239

Bartolomeo Passerotti

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Bartolomeo Passerotti
  • Studies of a draped right leg and a separate study of the foot
  • Pen and dark brown ink over traces of black chalk


John Skippe,
by descent to Mrs Rayner Wood, and
Edward Holland Martin,
his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 November 1958, lot 148B, purchased by Ralph Holland



Newcastle, 1960, no. 6;
Newcastle, 1964, no. 10 

Catalogue Note

The present sheet is stylistically typical of Passerotti, and it was catalogued as such by Popham in the Skippe sale: 'A good example of Passarotti's drawing'.   It is possible that this drawing was made early in Passerotti's career, while he was in Rome.  The artist is documented there on 12 June 1551, when he was reported for an argument with a certain Agostino Gambara.  This is substantiated by Passerotti's first biographer and contemporary Raffaello Borghini, who claimed that the artist was in Rome in his formative years, and went to the city at first with his master, the architect and painter Jacopo Vignola.The influence of Raphael and Michelangelo are here very evident.

1.  A. Ghirardi, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Rimini 1990, pp. 28-29