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Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)
Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Ann Sutherland Harris
Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)

Venus and Cupid

Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578-1660)
Venus and Cupid
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, ink framing lines
4 5/8 x 3 7/8 in. (11.7 x 9.8 cm)
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 10 January 1990, lot 52 (as Elisabetta Sirani).
Pittsburgh, Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Collects: European Drawings, 1500 to 1800, 2004-2005, no. 1 (entry by L. Troy Manganello).

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Lot Essay

This luminous sheet closely resembles the Toilet of Venus, frescoed by Albani at Palazzo Giustiniani at Bassano (Rome) and compares stylistically with two drawings of mythological subject and similar technique at Chatsworth (Diana and her nymphs) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Diana bathing; M. Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawings. Bolognese and Emilian Schools, London 1994, no. 439; and J. Bean, 17th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1979, no. 1). The wash technique and dry pen work are characteristic of Albani, who usually created random loops of drapery before defining their solidity with wash, as seen here and in the Chatsworth drawing.

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