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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
Persistent Link
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]
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. 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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