5 July 2011
Luca Cambiaso (Genoa 1527-1585 Madrid)
A centaur on his back
with number '58'
pen and brown ink, loss at upper left corner, unframed
14½ x 9 in. (37.8 x 23.9 cm.)
Sir Archibald Campbell, Bt.;
Sir George Campbell, Bt., and by descent to
Sir Ilay Campbell Bt.; Christie's, London, 26-27 March 1974, lot 60.
with Galerie Gabor Kekko, Lucerne, Meisterzeichnungen V, [undated], no. 2.
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Glasgow, Art Gallery, Old Master Drawings from the Collection of George Campbell, 1953, no. 34.
Toronto, Galerie Kekko, Important Old Master Drawings in Toronto Collections: a loan exposition, 1980, unnumbered.
This vigorous drawing probably dates from circa 1547-8, shortly after Luca Cambiaso's return from his first visit to Rome, when he was commissioned to fresco the Sala di Apollo in Antonio Doria's palazzo in Genoa. The draughtsmanship is very close to that in the Silenus Drinking at Princeton (inv. 1948.627) and in the Samson sold at Sotheby's, New York, 26 January 2011, lot 531.
We are grateful to Jonathan Bober for confirming the attribution on the basis of a photograph and for his assistance in cataloguing this drawing.
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