PIETRO BUONACCORSI, CALLED PERINO DEL VAGA
Florence 1501 - 1547 Rome
DESIGN FOR AN ELABORATE CEILING DECORATION
Pen and brown ink and wash, over traces of black chalk;
bears old numbering in pen and brown ink, upper right: 132 and centre right: 329
281 by 204 mm; 11 by 8 in
Laid down on a paper backing and subsequently hinge mounted to a decorative mount. There is some slight toning and minor areas of foxing to the sheet. The upper and lower right corners have been sensitively made up and there are two small tears to the centre of the right edge. There is some slight staining and areas of surface dirt to the right half of the sheet. The ink has very fractionally sunk in places however the drawing remains in predominantly good condition throughout. Sold in a decorative giltwood frame.
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Edmond Fatio (1871-1959), Geneva (L.3472);
sale, New York, Sotheby's, 26 January 2005, lot 88
This drawing for a very complex ceiling shows strong stylistic similarities with other studies by Perino, particularly in the handling of wash and in the figure types. It can be compared in particular with a study for ceilings in the Palazzo Doria1 and with another drawing in the Musée Condé, Chantilly.
1. See Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstbibliotek, inv. Hdz 2131, exhibited, Mantua, Palazzo Te, Perino del Vaga, 2001, cat. no. 94 verso