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Cherubino Alberti

Recto: Studies of two female figures, a walking figure below Verso: Two soldiers brandishing swords and daggers, a sketch of a third

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Cherubino Alberti

Cherubino Alberti

Recto: Studies of two female figures, a walking figure below Verso: Two soldiers brandishing swords and daggers, a sketch of a third

Recto: Studies of two female figures, a walking figure below Verso: Two soldiers brandishing swords and daggers, a sketch of a third

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Cherubino Alberti

Borgo San Sepolcro 1553 - 1615 Rome

Recto: Studies of two female figures, a walking figure below

Verso: Two soldiers brandishing swords and daggers, a sketch of a third 


Pen and brown ink over black chalk (recto);

Black chalk (verso)

405 by 279 mm; 16 by 11 in.

Window mounted. A slight trace of a fold were the sheet was hanged to dry. Some very slight foxing and small staining at the margins and tiny cracks. Overall the media of the recto is strong and fresh. The wash on the recto comes through the verso, especially on the center of the sheet. Sold in a carved, black and gold, wooden imitation frame.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Sale, London, Christie's, 4 July 1995, lot 109;
Pierre de Charmant,
his sale and various owners, Paris, Christie's, 21 March 2002, lot 25,
where purchased by the present owner

A native of Borgo San Sepolcro, Cherubino moved to Rome by 1570, working initially both as an engraver and as a painter specialized in frescoes.  Under the Papacy of Clement VIII (Aldobrandini, 1592-1605) he executed a number of important projects, such as the elaborate decorations of the Sala Clementina in the Vatican, the canons' sacristy in the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and the choir of San Silvestro al Quirinale, in collaboration with his brother Giovanni Alberti (1558-1601).  


The recto of this large, double-sided sheet is typical of the artist's drawings in pen and ink enriched by abundant brown wash, and it can be compared with a number of sheets in a volume in the Gabinetto Nazionale della Grafica, Rome.1  The verso, on the other hand, is rapidly drawn in black chalk, providing an interesting insight into the variety of the artist's graphic style. 


1. Volume 2503; See Kristina Herrmann-Fiore, Disegni degli Alberti, exhib. cat., Rome, Villa Farnesina, 1983-4