Attributed to Girolamo da Carpi
- Girolamo da Carpi
- Recto: Nymphs and Satyrs;
Verso: Putti and Figures
- Pen and brown ink (recto); red chalk (verso);
bears old attribution in pen and brown ink, on a label on the verso of the mount: Raffaello. d'Urbino. and numbering 3.3.
- 245 by 222 mm; 9 11/16 by 8¾ in
On the verso, the putti at the top of the sheet, executed in red chalk, could be copied from a lost Raphael drawing after Michelangelo. In fact these figures appear in Michelangelo's frescoed vault of the Sistine Chapel, located, respectively, below and behind the Persian Sibyl. If this drawing is indeed by Girolamo, it must date from his early career, around the time of his move from Ferrara to Bologna.
1. G. Vasari, Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori ed architettori, ed. G. Milanesi, Florence 1881, vol. VI, p. 469