Lot 17
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Jacopo Negretti, called Palma Il Giovane

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  • Jacopo Negretti, called Palma Il Giovane
  • Juno
  • Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, squared for transfer in black chalk;
    inscribed, centre right: Lumi(?) and bears old attribution, lower right: Palma;
    bears Sagredo numbering (L.2103a) on the mount in pen and brown ink, recto: G.P. no. 180. and verso: G.P. no: 298


From the Sagredo album (with numbering, see above), the provenance of which is as follows:
Doge Nicolò Sagredo, Venice, by circa 1654,
his brother, Stefano Sagredo, Venice,
his nephew, Zaccaria Sagredo,
his wife, Cecilia Sagredo, until sold, circa 1743;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 30 June 1986, lot 147

Catalogue Note

The present drawing is a highly characteristic preparatory study executed by Palma for his painting of Juno (fig. 1), which along with further mythological and allegorical portrayals by the artist, including ParisVenus and Cupid, Athena, Fame and Astronomy,1 are housed in the Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Venice.  Stefania Mason Rinaldi dates these paintings to circa 1620-28, whilst identifying that they were first specifically mentioned in an inventory of the collection of Vincenzo Grimani, dated 2 February 1646, before being further discussed, though in a more generic fashion, by the Italian biographer Carlo Ridolfi, in 1648.2

1. See S. Mason Rinaldi, Palma il Giovane, L'opera completa, Milan 1984, pp. 467-68, figs. 779-784
2. Ibid., p. 144, under nos. 552-557