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GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZOLA, CALLED PARMIGIANINO | Recto: The Baptism of ChristVerso: Study of Sarcophagi

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  • Recto: The Baptism of ChristVerso: Study of Sarcophagi
  • Red chalk (recto and verso)
  • 161 by 128 mm; 6 3/8  by 5 in

Catalogue Note

We are most grateful to Dr. David Ekserdjian, who has confirmed the attribution to Parmigianino, having seen the drawing in the original.  On stylistic grounds, Dr. Ekserdjian dates the drawing on the recto to the latter part of Parmigianino's career, circa 1530-1540.  He has also pointed out that although there is no clear connection between the present drawing and any of the artist's known painted compositions, Parmigianino did treat the subject of The Baptism of Christ in a painting of 1519, now in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.In terms of the handling of the chalk, the drawing on the recto is stylistically comparable with a study of a draped female figure in the Louvre, which is also thought to be a late work.2 1. M.C. Chiusa, Parmigianino, Milan 2001, pp. 114-115, no. 98, reproduced p. 115
2. A.E. Popham, Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino, 3 vols, New Haven/London 1971, vol. I, p. 159, cat no. 487, reproduced vol. III, fig. 487