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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Giovanni Antonio Dosio, Italian (San Gimignano, Italy 1533 - c. 1609 Rome, Italy)
? Giovanni Antonio Dosio, Italian (San Gimignano, Italy 1533 - c. 1609 Rome, Italy)
Design for the Altar Wall of a Carafa Chapel
Work Type
16th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and brown wash, with preparatory incising by stylus, on cream antique laid paper
25.8 x 19.9 cm (10 3/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: center top, black ink: L. 1534 (Sir John St. Aubyn, 1758-1839)
  • inscription: verso, u.r., graphite: Coll. Sir John St. Aubyn
  • inscription: verso, center right: Illegible
Sir John St. Aubyn, Devonport and London (Lugt 1534). 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
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. 81, pp. 60-61; vol. 2, repr. fig. 69 as Dosio (?)

Werner Gramberg, Die Düsseldorfer Skizzenbucher des Guglielmo della Porta, Gebr. Mann Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1964), vol. 1, pp. 60-61, repr. fig. 7

Carolyn Valone, "Paul IV, Guglielmo della Porta and the Rebuilding of San Silvestro al Quirinale", Master Drawings (1977), vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 243-255, pp. 252-253, repr. pl. 7

John A. Gere and Philip Pouncey, Italian Drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum: Artists Working in Rome c. 1550 to c. 1640, British Museum Publications Limited (London, England, 1983), p. 71

Richard Raymond Alasko and Lawrence S. Lowic, Religious Narrative in Sixteenth Century Rome, exh. cat., Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame, IN, 1983), cat. no. 16, pp. 65-66, repr. p. 40

Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 119 ("Cartella con tre stelle nere")

Exhibition History

Religious Narrative in Sixteenth Century Rome, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, 09/11/1983 - 10/23/1983

32Q: 2540 Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/09/2015 - 03/02/2016

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