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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Recto of drawing attributed to Amico Aspertini, Italian (Bologna, Italy c. 1474 - 1552 Bologna, Italy)
Verso of drawing attributed to Lorenzo di Ottavio Costa, Italian (Ferrara, Italy 1460 - 1535 Mantua, Italy)
Previously attributed to Amico Aspertini, Italian (Bologna, Italy c. 1474 - 1552 Bologna, Italy)
Previously attributed to 16th c. Italian Unidentified Artist
Saint Roch (by Amico Aspertini); verso: Saint Sebastian (by Lorenzo Costa)
Work Type
15th-16th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Emilia, Bologna
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Physical Descriptions

Metalpoint on gray prepared paper; verso: red chalk on cream antique laid paper
27.4 x 15.2 cm (10 13/16 x 6 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Verso, upper right, Brown ink: 42 or 27 [in the same hand as on another sheet by Costa and formerly with Wildenstein (see file)]
  • watermark: No watermark was observed when examined by Craigen Bowen, 2/12/2002


Recorded Ownership History
Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, by 1933, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 105, p. 68, as Italian 16th c., "of the Bologna-Ferrara region"
  • Mimi Cazort and Catherine Johnston, Bolognese Drawings in North American Collections, 1500-1800, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Canada, 1982), cat. no. 3, pp. 43-44, repr. p. 160, fig. 3 recto (verso, although listed...
  • Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), cat. nos. 24a (recto) and 24b (verso), n.p., and p. 26 (r.), repr. (recto and...
  • H. von Kügelgen, "Aspertini, Amico", K. G. Saur (Munich, Germany, 1992), p. 443
  • Marzia Faietti, "L'influsso della cultura fiorentina nell'evoluzione stilistica del disegno bolognese tra la fine del Quattrocento e gli inizi del Cinquecento", Florentine Drawing at the Time of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ed. Elizabeth Cropper, Nuova Alfa Editoriale (Bologna, Italy, 1994), pp. 197-216, p. 211; repr. fig. 12
  • Marzia Faietti and Daniela Scaglietti Kelescian, Amico Aspertini, Artioli Editore (Modena, 1995), cat. no. 28, pp. 243-44, repr. p. 243, figs. 28r (recto) and 28v (verso) as...
  • Everett Fahy, Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe, Alberto Bruschi (Florence, Italy, 2000), cat. no. 643, p. 60, and pp. 351 and 414, repr. (verso) p. 315, fig. 643...
  • James Harper, Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), cat. no. 3, pp. 27-29, and pp. 13 and 16, repr. color p. 28, fig. 3R (recto)...

Exhibition History

  • Bolognese Drawings in North American Collections, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 09/11/1981 - 11/08/1981
  • Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2001 - 08/12/2001

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