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Circle of Antonio Allegri, called Correggio
STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A WOMAN
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
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11
Circle of Antonio Allegri, called Correggio
STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A WOMAN
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Circle of Antonio Allegri, called Correggio
STUDY OF THE HEAD OF A WOMAN
Black and white chalk and stumping;
bears old attributions and numberings in pen and brown ink, verso: Andrea del Sarto originale, 14 (possibly in the same hand), Michelangelo (faintly showing through on recto), and (at the top) 4D11
262 by 186 mm; 10 1/4  by 7 3/8  in
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Provenance

Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Wicar (1762-1834);
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) London,
from whose estate acquired by Samuel Woodburn (Fourth Woodburn/Lawrence exhibition, 1836, no. 64, as Correggio);
from whom acquired in February 1838 by Prince William of Orange, later King William II of the Netherlands (1792-1849),
sale of his estate, The Hague, de Vries/Roos/Brondgeest, 12-20 August 1850, probably lot 198 (Corregio:'Tête de Madone, à la pierre d'Italie'; bought back for the family by Brondgeest),
by inheritance to the present owner  

Exhibited

London, S. & A. Woodburn, The Lawrence Gallery. Fourth Exhibition. A Catalogue of One Hundred Original Drawings by Parmigianino and Ant. A. Da Correggio, p. 19, no. 64 (as Correggio, 'A FEMALE HEAD - of great expression, probably intended for the Martyrdom of St. Placida, freely sketched with charcoal; very fine. Size 10 1/2  inches by 7 1/4 inches. From the Collection of the Chevalier Vicar') 

Literature

A.E. Popham, Correggio's Drawings, London 1957, no. A 38

Catalogue Note

In the Lawrence Catalogue the present head is described as 'of great expression', and probably related to Correggio's Martyrdom of St. Placidus and St. Flavia in the Galleria Nazionale di Parma. Popham saw no connection with the above painting and felt that the style was unlike that of Correggio, although he did not see the drawing in the original. The combination of the abundant white heightening and the sfumato of the black chalk must have prompted the attribution to Correggio, and the author of the present sheet was indeed surely influenced by Correggio's technique.

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