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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Designs for Silk Weaving and Embroidery (recto and verso)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Previous title: Drawings of Imprese
Work Type
c. 1390
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
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Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and brown wash on cream parchment, pricked for transfer
26.9 × 19.2 cm (10 9/16 × 7 9/16 in.)
Charles A. Loeser, Florence, Italy, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1932.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser
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European and American Art
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Publication History

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., ed., Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1936), no. 45, p. 249 as Lombard School, 15th century

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 23, p. 18; vol. 2, repr. figs. 23 (recto) and 24 (verso) as...

Bryan Holme, ed., Master Drawings, The Studio Publications Incorporated (New York, NY and London, England, 1943), pl. 3

Agnes Mongan, "The Fogg Art Museum's Collection of Drawings", Harvard Library Bulletin, Harvard University (Cambridge, 1958), vol. 3, no. 2, March, pp. 5-9, p. 201, repr. as pl. II

Maria Fossi Todorow, L'Italia dalle origine a Pisanello, Fratelli Fabbri Editori (Milan, Italy, 1970), p. 70, fig. 19 (verso) as Anonymous Lombard

Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), cat. no. 2, p. 16, and p. 7, recto repr.

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen, 1300-1450, Teil II: Venedig; Addenda zu Süd-und Mittelitalien, 4 vols., Mann (Berlin, Germany, 1980), vol. 1, no. 654, pp. 163-166, figs. 257, 273, 283, 287 and pls. 75 and 76

Cornelia Syre, "Ein neu entdecktes Musterbuch des 14. Jahrhunderts in 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen'", Die Weltkunst (October 1981), vol. LI, no. 20, pp. 2986-87, p. 2987

Beverly Louise Brown, Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1981), cat. no. 1, p. 17, and p. 6

Barbara Beaucamp-Markowsky, "Bernhart [sic] Degenhart und Annegrit Schmitt: Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil II: Venedig, Addenda zu Sud-und Mittelitalien, Berlin-1980", Bulletin de Liaison du Centre International d'Etude des Textiles Anciens (1982), no. 55-56, pp. 26-30d, pp. 26-30, fig. 5 (recto) [drawing mentioned specifically on pp. 26 and 28]

Hans Belting, "Die Werkzeichnung auf dem Weg zur Künstlerzeichnung", Kunstchronik (1982), vol. XXXV, no. 2, pp. 59-71, general ref. to all drawings in Venetian sketchbook on p. 69

65 Zeichnungen 1389-1880, auct. cat., C. G. Boerner (Leipzig) (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1986), p. 2

Lisa Monnas, "The Artists and the Weavers: The Design of Woven Silks in Italy 1350-1550", Apollo (1987), vol. CXXV, no. 304, pp. 416-424, pp. 418 and 424, under fn. 10

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. 3, n.p., and pp. 15, 16, and 17, repr. (recto) color

Francis Ames-Lewis, "Drawing for Panel Painting in Trecento Italy: Reflections on Workshop Practice", Apollo (1992), vol. CXXXII, no. 364, pp. 353-361, pp. 355-356, fig. 3 (detail of verso), p. 361, fn. 20

Hein-Thomas Schulze Altcappenberg, Die italienischen Zeichnungen des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts im Berliner Kupferstichkabinett: Kritischer Katalog, exh. cat., G + H Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1995), p. 36

Robert W. Scheller and Michael Hoyle, Exemplum: Model-Book Drawings and the Practice of Artistic Transmission in the Middle-Ages (ca. 900--ca. 1470), Amsterdam University Press (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1995), under no. 25, pp. 265-275, specifically pp. 265, 267, 271, 273, fns. 2, 7 and 8

Albert Jan Elen, Italian Late-Medieval and Renaissance Drawing-Books from Giovannino de'Grassi to Palma Giovane: A Codicological Approach, Privately Published (Leiden, 1995), under no. 4, pp. 169-172

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. 35 under "Parchment"

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, checklist no. 1, p. 26, pp. 7-8, and p. 23, fn. 5, fig. 1 (recto)

Carmen Bambach, Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300-1600, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1999), p. 143, repr. recto fig. 129 as Late-fourteenth-century Venetian artist

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

Howard Coutts, "An Early Italian Textile Drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum", The Burlington Magazine (June 2008), CL no. 1263, pp. 389-392, pp. 389-390

Exhibition History

Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 03/01/1936 - 05/31/1936

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

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