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ATTRIBUTED TO PROSPERO FONTANA (BOLOGNA 1512-1597)
ATTRIBUTED TO PROSPERO FONTANA (BOLOGNA 1512-1597)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DIANA METCALF STAINOW
ATTRIBUTED TO PROSPERO FONTANA (BOLOGNA 1512-1597)

Phaeton receiving the chariot from Apollo (recto); Study of a nude male youth, and a small study of a putto (verso)

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ATTRIBUTED TO PROSPERO FONTANA (BOLOGNA 1512-1597)
Phaeton receiving the chariot from Apollo (recto); Study of a nude male youth, and a small study of a putto (verso)
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash (recto); black and red chalk (verso), watermark (an eagle in a circle surmonted by a crown and close to Briquet 207).
12 ¼ x 8 ½ in. (31.1 x 21.9 cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 10 July 2001, lot 31.

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An attribution of this drawing to Fontana was first proposed by Florian Härb in 2001 (quoted in the 2001 sale catalogue). Comparable drawings can be found in the British Museum, London (inv. 1980,0126.111; J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, Italian drawings in the BM. Artists working in Rome, London, 1983, no. 108), the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle (RCIN 905990; A.E. Popham and J. Wilde, The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of his Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, London, 1949, no. 1066, pl. 85, as Taddeo Zuccaro), and the Metropolitan museum, New York (inv. 1992.28.2; J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, Italian drawings in the BM. Artists working in Rome, London, 1983, no.112).

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