PROVENANCE
Prints and a Few Drawings from Great Collections of the Past

  1. Master MR, Christ on the Cross
  2. Dürer, St. Bartholomew
  3. Dürer, Christ Before Caiaphas
  4. Raimondi, Philosophy
  5. Raimondi, Façade with Caryatids
  6. Beham, Job Conversing
  7. Beham, Satyr Sounding a Horn
  8. Beham, Peasant Couple Walking
  9. Caraglio, Martyrdom of St. Paul
  10. Aldegrever, Standard Bearer
  11. Pencz, Feeding the Hungry
  12. Pencz, Artemisia Preparing
  13. Falconetto, Tomb Surmounted
  14. Claesz, St. Peter Seated
  15. Treu, Noble Dancers
  16. Master FP, Hercules Killing
  17. Brun, February
  18. Solis, Arithmetria
  19. de Bruyn, The Circumcision
  20. Sadeler, Virgin and Child
  21. Goltzius, A Young Man
  22. Matham, The Planets
  23. Brizio, Extensive Landscape
  24. van de Velde, Fête Villageoise
  25. van de Velde, Backgammon
  26. van Uyttenbroek, Tobias
  27. van Uyttenbroek, Bacchus
  28. Rembrandt, The Small Lion Hunt
  29. Hollar, Woman with Headdress
  30. Saftleven, Dutch Peasant
  31. Ostade, Bust of a Peasant
  32. Stoop, A Grazing Horse
  33. Fyt, Set of Animals
  34. Bega, The Three Drinkers
  35. Anonymous, Landscape
  36. Nanteuil, Charles Benoise
  37. Nanteuil, Cardinal Mazarin
  38. Nanteuil, Pierre Seguier
  39. van Vliet, St. Jerome Sitting
  40. Cossin, Ornament Design
  41. Sirani, St. Eustace
  42. Somer, Hagar and Ishmael
  43. Daullé, La Muse Clio
  44. Tiepolo, The Holy Family
  45. MacArdell, Hannah, Mrs. Horneck
  46. Laurie, Elizabeth, Dutchess
  47. Denon, Village Scene
  48. Charlet, Les Français
  49. Pieraccini, Holy Family
  50. Daumier, Y n’y a rien comm’
  51. Daubigny, Les Ruines du Chateau
  52. Daubigny, Lever de Lune
  53. Meryon, Le Petit Pont
  54. Rops, La Poupée du Satyre
  55. Whistler, Old Hungerford Bridge
  56. Legros, Un Coin de Rivière
  57. Buhot, Frontispice
  58. Forain, La Rencontre
  59. Pennell, Hampton Court Palace
  60. Delâtre, Silhouette de Femme

49. Francesco Pieraccini (fl. 1823-1850)
after Lodovico Mazzoli called Mazzolino

The Holy Family with Saint Anne, Saint John and a Monkey

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Pieraccini, Holy Family

The Holy Family with Saint Anne, Saint John and a Monkey

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Original drawing in pen and black ink over pencil, 315 x 222 mm. The purpose of this meticulously done line drawing with cross-hatch shading is clear. It is the preliminary study for a print, reproducing an earlier work, probably for book illustration, before the days of photography. The drawing, on thin, tan wove paper, shows framing lines and is squared for transfer very lightly in pencil. The names of both artists are inscribed just below the borderline. There is a somewhat similar, though clearly not the same, painting by Mazzoli in the Uffizi, but we have been unable to track down this specific image, which Pieraccini dates in the drawing to 1511. The Greek or Roman frieze behind the holy family is apparently characteristic of Mazzoli's paintings, but the monkey, usually a symbol of evil, is unusual. The dimensions given are of the sheet; the drawing itself measures 180 x 152 mm., including the inscribed names.

Provenance:
King Ludwig II of Bavaria (not in Lugt). The so-called “Mad Ludwig” (1845-1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until deposed on grounds of insanity one day before his death under mysterious circumstances. Apart from that, Ludwig is known primarily for two things: the eccentric fairytale castles he had erected in Bavaria (Neuschwanstein is the most famous), and his devoted patronage of the composer Richard Wagner, who, without Ludwig’s support, might never have been able to complete his Ring cycle or Parsifal, nor to have seen his operas presented at Bayreuth. It comes as an anticlimax to report that Ludwig also had a collection of drawings. We have seen several, but no one, to our knowledge, has done a study of the collection.

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