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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Studies of Five Heads with an Indication of a Sixth
Work Type
14th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink on cream parchment
24.4 × 18.5 cm (9 5/8 × 7 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Top edge, Brown ink, Italian and Latin: Io non v'o iscrito per no esser' stato di bisognio. Questa fo solo per avisarvi quanto e seguito del fato nostro. Io penso che se viene qua l'amicho nostro, che d'egli vedra seconda [sic] con cio modo dellui e di noi capitallo ora, deus inaiutorium meum intende domine ad aiuvandum me festi[na]. ["I have not written because there was no need. I do this only to tell you how much came of our doing. I think that if our friend comes here, from him you will hear, and in this manner from both him and us, what is happening now. God be intent on helping me and hasten to my help. (Translation from "Old Master Drawings. Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest," ed. Konrad Oberhuber, Fogg Art Museum, 1979.) ]
  • inscription: verso of remains of old mount, u.l., black ink: 5 [in a circle]
    [The drawing appears to have once been laid down and this inscription has been written on the partial remains of some of the old mount]


Recorded Ownership History
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

  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 42, pp. 36-37; vol. 2, repr. fig. 38, as Tuscan 15th century
  • Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen, 1300-1450, Teil I: Süd- und Mittelitalien, Mann (Berlin, Germany, 1968), vol. 1, no. 20, pl. 44d
  • Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), cat. no. 1, pp. 14-15, and p. 7, repr., as Tuscan, late fourteenth century
  • Beverly Louise Brown, Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1981), cat. no. 27, p. 20, and p. 5, repr.
  • Ulrike Jenni, "The Phenomena of Change in the Modelbook Tradition Around 1400", Drawings Defined, ed. Walter Strauss, Abaris Books (New York, NY, 1987), pp. 35-47, pp. 38 and 47 (n. 5), repr. (recto) p. 39, fig. 6 as Tuscan, second quarter...
  • 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. 2, n.p., and pp.15, 16, 17 and 18, repr. color, as Sienese, ca. 1400
  • Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 118 ("Cartella con una stella nera")

Exhibition History

  • Watercolors by the Masters Dürer to Cezanne, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 05/01/1952 - 06/15/1952
  • Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 07/03/1981 - 08/31/1981

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