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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), Italian (Cento, Italy 1591 - 1666 Bologna, Italy)
A Man Reading at a Table
Work Type
17th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Emilia, Bologna
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink and brown wash on beige antique laid paper
23 x 21 cm (9 1/16 x 8 1/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Charles A. Loeser, Florence, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1932

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser
Accession Year
Object Number
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. 263, p. 137; vol. 2, repr. fig. 134
  • Frederick Cummings and Rudolf Wittkower, Art in Italy, 1600-1700, exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Detroit, MI and New York, NY, 1965), cat. no. 107, p. 102, repr.
  • Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, 1979), cat. no. 38, n.p., pl. 38, repr.
  • Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), cat. no. 30, pp. 72-73, and p. 9, repr. and repr. color on cover
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 267, p. 229, repr.
  • 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. 56, n.p., and p. 58, repr. (color)
  • David M. Stone, Guercino: Master Draftsman, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 182, 214, cat. no. 79, illus. p. 183
  • Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 120 ("Cartella con due stelle rosse")

Exhibition History

  • Art in Italy, 1600-1700, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 04/06/1965 - 05/09/1965
  • European Master Drawing of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979
  • 32Q: 2400 French/Italian/Spanish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/20/2019 - 10/23/2019

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