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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    Jacopo Zanguidi, Il Bertoia (Parma 1544-1574)

    A seated evangelist

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    Jacopo Zanguidi, Il Bertoia (Parma 1544-1574)
    A seated evangelist
    with inscription 'Michel ango'
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, the lower right corner repaired
    14 5/8 x 10 in. (371 x 254 mm.)

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    Inspired by Michelangelo's figure of the Prophet Jeremiah in the Sistine Chapel, this drawing may have been executed while Bertoia was working on the decoration of the Oratorio del Gonfalone, Rome, in 1571-2 where he similarly represented Prophets and Sybils.
    It can be compared to other sheets related to this famous commission, for example, the Prophet writing in the Uffizi, Florence (D. de Grazia, Bertoia, Mirola and the Farnese Court, Bologna, 1991, no. D15) or a Prophet sleeping in the Louvre with which it shares a similar pose (inv. no. 6532; D. de Grazia, op. cit., no. D70).
    If Bertoia's early works show the strong influence of Parmigianino with whom his drawings have often been confused, his Roman oeuvre also responded to the influence of Raphael, Michelangelo, and to the Zuccari, whose assistant he was at Caprarola.

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    An unidentified collector's inscription (L. 743b, sometimes associated with the sculptor François Rude) with number '16' (verso).