• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 101

    Marcantonio Raimondi (Argius 1480-circa 1530 Bologna)

    A standing male nude, seen from behind, holding a trophy standard

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    Marcantonio Raimondi (Argius 1480-circa 1530 Bologna)
    A standing male nude, seen from behind, holding a trophy standard
    with inscription 'Raffaelle'
    pen and brown ink
    9¾ x 4 in. (24.8 x 10.2 cm.)


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    An early work by Raimondi, probably dating from the period of his apprenticeship in Bologna with Francesco Francia. Indeed the figure in this drawing can be compared to a very similarly posed figure of Minerva in Francia's drawing The Judgement of Paris (Albertina, Vienna, inv. 4859), which may suggest that Raimondi was directly reworking his master's design. In technique the present work has great similarities with another early drawing by Raimondi, A standing halberdier seen from behind, which also has the strong Mantegnesque influences visible in the present sheet (C.C. Gillham and C.H. Wood, European Drawings from the Collection of the Ackland Art Museum, exh. cat., Chapel Hill, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, 2001, no. 12).

    Provenance

    Victor Koch, London, and by descent to his widow
    Flora Koch; Christie's, London, 18 April 1967, lot 132, (as School of Mantegna).
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 December 1991, lot 103.