CIRCLE OF VITTORE CARPACCIO (VENICE CIRCA 1465-1525/1526)
CIRCLE OF VITTORE CARPACCIO (VENICE CIRCA 1465-1525/1526)
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PROPERTY OF HEIRS OF FRANZ KOENIGS
CIRCLE OF VITTORE CARPACCIO (VENICE CIRCA 1465-1525/1526)

Study of the Virgin, looking down to the left (recto); An ear and the back of a man's head (verso)

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CIRCLE OF VITTORE CARPACCIO (VENICE CIRCA 1465-1525/1526)
Study of the Virgin, looking down to the left (recto); An ear and the back of a man's head (verso)
with inscription ‘Cima da Conegliano’ (twice) and ‘Gio Bellini’ (?) and number ‘675’ (verso)
brush and brown ink, heightened with white, on blue paper
3 1/8 x 2 ½ in. (7.8 x 6.5 cm)
Provenance
Possibly Charles-Henri Marcellis (1798-1864), Liège (L. 609).
E.R. Lamponi-Leopardi, Florence (L. 1760).
Franz Wilhelm Koenigs (1881-1941), Haarlem, presumably acquired circa 1900-1920; thence by descent to the present owners.

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Lot Essay

This small and refined depiction of a veiled woman, undoubtedly intended as the Virgin, is executed in a technique mastered at the end of the fifteenth century by artists such as Giovanni Bellini and other painters in his circle. Vittore Carpaccio, however, brought the technique to a new level of refinement by using blue paper as support (C. Whistler, Venice and Drawing, New Haven, 2016, pp. 107-110). The drawing can be compared with works by the artist such as two studies of heads on a double-sided sheet at the Morgan Library and Museum (inv. I, 54; see R. Eitel-Porter in Italian Renaissance Drawings at the Morgan Library and Museum, exhib. cat., New York, Morgan Library and Museum, 2019, no. 56, ill.).

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