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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Parmigianino, Italian (Parma, Italy 1503 - 1540 Casalmaggiore, Italy)
Previously attributed to School of Parmigianino, Italian (Parma, Italy 1503 - 1540 Casalmaggiore, Italy)
Design for an Altarpiece
Work Type
c. 1520
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Emilia, Parma
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink on cream antique laid paper, laid down
12.4 × 9.4 cm (4 7/8 × 3 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: non visible as laid down
  • collector's mark: l.l. corner, blue ink: L. 1902 (G. Morelli)
Giovanni Morelli, Milan, Italy (Lugt 1902). Gustavo Frizzoni [1]. Charles A. Loeser, Florence, Italy, bequest; to Fogg Art Musem, 1932

[1] According to "I Disegni della R. Pinacoteca di Brera," cat. no. 44: "Deposito del dott. Gustavo Frizzoni"

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

Francesco Malaguzzi Valeri, I disegni della R. Pinacoteca di Brera, Alfieri & Lacroix (Milan, Italy, 1906), cat. no. 44, n.p.; repr. pl. 44, n.p., as "Maniera del Parmigianino"

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 138, pp. 80-81, as School of Parmigianino

Arthur E. Popham, Review of "Drawings in the Fogg Museum", The Burlington Magazine (June 1948), vol. XC, no. 543, p. 179, no. 138, p. 179 as autograph

Sydney J. Freedberg, Parmigianino: His Works in Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1950), p. 252

Augusta Ghidiglia Quintavalle, Gli affreschi giovanili del Parmigianino, Amilcare Pizzi Editore (Milan, Italy, 1968), p. 30; repr. fig. 5, p. 13

Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco, Il Parmigianino: un saggio sull'ermetismo nel Cinquecento, Mario Bulzoni (Rome, Italy, 1970), p. 47; repr. fig. 117, n.p.; cat. no. 117, p. 493

Arthur E. Popham, Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1971), vol. I: p. 1; cat. no. 51, p. 58; under no. 76, p. 67; under no. 381...

Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), p. 7; cat. no. 18, p. 48; repr. in color, p. 49

Aspetti dell'arte a Roma prima e dopo Raffaello, exh. cat., De Luca Editore (Rome, Italy, 1984), p. 82, repr. fig. 31

Giulio Bora and M. Cristina Rodeschini Galati, I disegni della collezione Morelli, Credito Bergamasco (Bergamo, Italy, 1988), f.n. 53, p. 30; cat. no. 14, p. 80; repr. in color, p. 81; no. 14, p. ...

Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), pp. 8, 32, 36; repr. fig. 23, p. 38

Cecil Gould, Parmigianino, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1994), p. 18; repr. fig. 6, p. 20; indirect ref. p. 21; under Bardi, p. 182

Michael Jaffé, The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawings: Volume 3, Bolognese and Emilian Schools, Phaidon Press (London, England, 1994), under no. 663, p. 233

Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 121 ("Cartella II")

Mary Vaccaro, Parmigianino: The Paintings, Umberto Allemandi & C. (Turin and New York, 2002), p. 128 under cat. no. 2

Mario di Giampaolo and Andrea Muzzi, Il Parmigianino e il fascino di Parma, exh. cat., L. S. Olschki (Florence, 2003), under cat. no. 1

David Ekserdjian, Parmigianino, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2006), pp. 242-243, fig. 266

Achim Gnann, Parmigianino: Die Zeichnungen, M. Imhof (Petersberg, 2007), cat. no. 6, repr., p. 32

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