26 January 2012
Andrea Boscoli (Florence 1560-1607)
The coronation of Charlemagne
traces of black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash
6 5/8 x 10¼ in. (17 x 26 cm.)
Parke-Bernet, New York, to Victor and Frances Levintritt, circa 1960 (according to a note in Steinberg's files).
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According to Steinberg's inscription on the mount, James Byam Shaw suggested that this composition is loosely based on Raphael's fresco of the same subject in the Vatican, in the Stanza dell'Incendio del Borgo.
This drawing is after Battista Franco's engraving (Bartsch XVI.137.55) of a fresco of The Donation of Constantine in in the Sala di Costantino in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican which has been attributed to both Giulio Romano and Luca Penni. There is also an ink and wash drawing by Boscoli in the Lugt collection (inv. 9171) of two of the foreground groups of figures from Battista Franco's print.
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