31 January 2019
Jacopo Chimenti, called Jacopo da Empoli (Empoli 1554-1640)
A man seated on a stool, facing right
black chalk, pen and brown ink, squared for transfer in red chalk
16 x 9 ½ in. (40.6 x 24.1 cm)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, 4 July 1977, lot 158 (as Lazzaro Tavarone).
Sidney Bregman, Toronto (1922-2014); Christie’s, 8 December 2011, lot 239 (as Lazzaro Tavarone).
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with Galerie Gabor & Stefan Kekko, Lucerne, Meisterzeichnungen V, date unknown, unnumbered (as Lazzaro Tavarone).
Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Sidney Bregman. A Loan Exhibition, 1990 (as Lazzaro Tavarone).
Previously attributed to Tavarone, this large sheet is Empoli’s final study for the disciple seated at the left of his Supper at Emmaus, commissioned in 1609 by Niccolò di Girolamo degli Albizzi for his chapel at Villa Frescobaldi in Pomino, Tuscany. In keeping with Florentine tradition, the artist had carefully studied anatomy from life and rapidly executed the drawing with broad and assured lines. Around 1582, the monks of the Certosa commissioned Empoli to copy Jacopo da Pontormo’s Supper at Emmaus. It is clear that copying this masterpiece persisted in Empoli’s memory as the seated figure on the left of his painting is close to a mirror image of that on the right of Pontormo’s altarpiece.
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