26 January 2012
PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
Cristoforo Casolani (Rome circa 1552- after 1606)
A seated prophet
black and red chalk, squared in red chalk, the upper right corner made up
14 x 10¼ in. (35.7 x 26.2 cm.)
Sir Joshua Reynolds (L. 2364).
A.M. Champernowne (L. 153).
Kurt Klemperer (his mark, not in Lugt).
Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, 4 November 1974, lot 342 (as Circle of Giorgio Vasari).
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 10 July 2002, lot 85.
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W.C. Kirwin, 'Ad vocem Cristoforo Casolani', Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, 21, Rome, 1978, p. 381.
Drawings by Cristoforo, son and pupil of Alessandro Casolani (1522-1607) are exceedingly rare. This sheet is a study for a fresco in the church of S. Maria dei Monti in Rome. The figure is located in the right half lunette of the upper section of the inner façade. Absent from the drawing is the angel sweeping down above the prophet's head.
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