ATTRIBUTED TO PIERO DI COSIMO | THE MADONNA AND CHILD WITH THE YOUNG SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, WITH A SUBSIDIARY STUDY OF A RECLINING CHILD
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ATTRIBUTED TO PIERO DI COSIMO
Florence 1461/62 - 1521
THE MADONNA AND CHILD WITH THE YOUNG SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, WITH A SUBSIDIARY STUDY OF A RECLINING CHILD
Pen and brown ink;
bears inscription, verso: from R Udny’s & / Sir Tho.s Lawrence’s / Coll.tns / Luca dell Robbia / see Cicognara Vol 2. Plate 23.
98 by 170 mm; 3⅞ by 6¼ in. Trapezoidal shape
Hinge mounted along the right edge to a card backing which has subsequently been hinged to a decorative mount. The sheet has been laid down and there is evidence of some slight surface dirt and foxing. The pen and ink media remains in predominantly good condition throughout with the image strong. Sold unframed.
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Robert Udny, London (L.2248);
Sir Thomas Lawrence, London (L.2445)
This fascinating early sheet is by the same hand as a second drawing, also Attributed to Piero di Cosimo, depicting an Adoration of the Christ Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist, in the collection of the Albertina, Vienna.1
Interestingly, alongside their clear graphic similarities and shared subject matter, both sheets also possess the same 18th Century English provenance, having passed through the collections of Robert Udny (1722-1802) and the fourth President of the Royal Academy, Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).
1. See D. Geronimus, Piero di Cosimo: Visions Beautiful and Strange, New Haven and London 2006, p. 166, fig. 122, reproduced