Andrea Meldolla, called Schiavone
- Andrea Meldolla, called Schiavone
- The Adoration of the Shepherds
- Black chalk and stumping on blue paper;
bears old attribution in pen and ink, over an older inscription: Parmigianino
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As Richard Cocke has noted, the style of the present sheet can be closely compared, to a study for an Adoration of the Shepherds now in the Uffizi.2 Formerly attributed to Parmigianino, the Uffizi drawing was recognized as the work of Schiavone by Konrad Oberhuber, and it is a preparatory study, in reverse, for an etching by Schiavone, datable to 1550-55.3 Another very comparable drawing is a Lamentation over the Dead Christ, formerly ascribed to Camillo Boccaccino, also in the Uffizi, and again attributed to Schiavone by Oberhuber; that sheet is indented for transfer, although no etching of the composition is known.4 One more drawing by the artist in the Uffizi, also an Adoration of the Shepherds once attributed to Parmigianino, though this time not connected with any known painted works or prints, is stylistically very close to the present sheet.5
Schiavone's earliest prints seem mostly to be relatively faithful copies either from Parmigianino's drawings or from engravings after Parmigianino, and he must have been very well aware of Parmigianino's activity as a print maker. For a drawing by Parmigianino related to a chiaroscuro woodcut see lot...
1. F.L. Richardson, Andrea Schiavone, Oxford 1980, p. 69
2. E-mail to the present owner, 27 March 2016; Florence, Uffizi, inv. no. 13597 F; Schiavone tra Parmigianino Tintoretto e Tiziano, exhib. cat., Venice, Museo Correr, 2015-16, p. 393, no. XV 8, reproduced fig. XV 8
3. B/M 62; F.L. Richardson, op. cit., Oxford 1980, p. 91, no. 62, reproduced fig. 142
4. Florence, Uffizi inv. no. 13234 F; Venice, Museo Correr, op. cit., 2015-16, p. 392, no. XV 6, reproduced fig. XV 6
5. Florence, Uffizi inv. no. 13234 F; Venice, Museo Correr, op. cit., 2015-16, pp. 392-393, no. XV 7, reproduced fig. XV 7