Lot 133
  • 133

Attributed to Ginevra Cantofoli

7,000 - 9,000 USD
13,750 USD
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  • Ginevra Cantofoli
  • Study of a young woman, her arm resting on a book, holding a compass in her right hand
  • Red, black and white chalk;
    bears old numbering in black chalk, verso S.4 and bears later inscription in black chalk:  Ginerva Cantofoli
  • 269 by 200 mm; 10½ by 7 7/8  in


Bears unidentified collector's mark and numbering, not in Lugt, verso

Catalogue Note

This attractive study of a young woman, executed in red, black and white chalk, is depicted with a compass in her right hand, suggesting she represents an allegorical figure.  The inscription on the verso attributes the drawing to Ginevra Cantofoli, a female Bolognese artist active in 17th Century, who was an assistant and follower of Elisabetta Sirani.  There are, though, very few known drawings by Cantofoli with which this can be compared.  Dr. Babette Bohn, who has seen a photograph of the drawing, notes its similarity to a painting that is attributed to Ginevra Cantofoli in the Brera Museum, Milan.  There is certainly a resemblance between our attractive young woman and the one on the left of the painting in Milan, which has sometimes been considered a self–portrait of the artist, raising the possibility that the present sheet could also be a self-portrait of Ginevra Cantofoli in allegorical guise.