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Identification and Creation
Object Number
School of Fra Angelico, Italian (nr. Vecchio, Italy c. 1400 - 1455 Rome, Italy)
Pilate Washing His Hands
Work Type
15th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, Florence
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brush and brown ink, white gouache, orange wash, incised, on pink-purple prepared parchment
8 x 6 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, l.l., graphite: A5856
  • inscription: verso, l.l. corner, graphite: [?] 2
  • inscription: verso, l.r., graphite: not decipherable
[Frederick Muller & Co., Amsterdam, July 5-6, 1927, no. 249]. [C.G. Boerner and P. Graupe, Leipzig and Berlin], sold; to Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1939.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Collections Bellingham-Smith, De Robiano und Della Faille de Waerloos, auct. cat., Frederik Muller & Cie. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 5, 1927 - July 6, 1927), no. 249, repr.

Eine wiener Sammlung (I), auct. cat., C. G. Boerner (Leipzig) and P. Graupe (Berlin) (Leipzig, Germany, May 12, 1930), no. 20, pl. VIII (as style of Fra Angelico)

Bernard Berenson, The Drawings of the Florentine Painters, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1938), vol. II, under no. 175D, p. 18

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 3, p. 6; vol. 2, repr. fig. 3

The Life of Christ: A Loan Exhibition of Works of Art Illustrating Episodes in the Life of Christ, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, 1948), cat. no. 95, p.19

Stefano Orlandi, Beato Angelico; monografia storica della vita e delle opere con un'appendice di nuovi documenti inediti, Leo S. Olschki (Florence, Italy, 1964), no. 2, p. 161

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen, 1300-1450, Teil I: Süd- und Mittelitalien, Mann (Berlin, Germany, 1968), vol. 2, no. 381, p. 451; vol. 4, pl. 309h, n.p.

Beverly Louise Brown, Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1981), cat. no. 3, p. 17

Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), cat. no. 4a, repr. color, n.p.; pp. 13, 17, 18 and 22

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 36 under "Prepared paper"

Edward Saywell, Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998), vol. 6, no. 2, text and repr. fig. 7, p. 11; f.n. 12, p. 24; no. 12, p. 26

Penley Knipe, "Grounds on Paper: An Examination of Eight Early Drawings" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1998), Unpublished, pp. 1-22 passim

Laurence Kanter and Pia Palladino, Fra Angelico, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2005), no. 47G, repr. (color) [as Zanobi Strozzi]

Exhibition History

The Life of Christ; a loan exhibition of works of art illustrating episodes in the life of Christ, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 03/12/1948 - 04/25/1948

Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 07/03/1981 - 08/31/1981

Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/03/1998 - 12/30/1998

Fra Angelico, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/24/2005 - 01/30/2006

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