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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Rear View of the Legs and Upper Base of Cellini's "Perseus," Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence
Work Type
c. 1909-1910
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on off-white wove paper
actual: 36.4 x 25.4 cm (14 5/16 x 10 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: center right, graphite: Wing
To the artist's sisters, Violet (Mrs. Francis) Ormond and Emily Sargent, at his death, 1925; gift of Mrs. Ormond to the Fogg Art Museum, 1937.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Upper edge is uneven.
This drawing relates to many studies of Cellini's "Perseus" that Sargent completed c. 1909-10. See four other Fogg drawings (1937.8.33, 1937.8.34, 1937.8.36, 1937.8.112), four small graphite studies in the Yale Art Gallery (1931.45), a watercolor in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, a watercolor in a private collection reproduced in "The Sargent Exhibition," Royal Academy (1926), p. 106, and an oil on canvas in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A related drawing of the sculpture and the Loggia dei Lanzi is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (50.130.131; see Herdrich/Weinberg 2000). See also Sargent's study of Giambologna's "Rape of the Sabine Women," a second sculpture in the Loggia dei Lanzi the artist sketched (Fogg drawing 1937.8.9). Sargent returned to the theme of Perseus in the Museum of Fine Arts mural project, see "Perseus on Pegasus Slaying Medusa" (1921-25), a panel over the stairway.
Publication History

Stephanie Herdrich and Helen Barbara Weinberg, American Drawings and Watercolors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: John Singer Sargent, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2000), pp. 309-310, under no. 284

Bruce Robertson, ed., Sargent and Italy, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Princeton University Press (Los Angeles, CA and Princeton, NJ, 2002), p. 110, n. 46; p. 132, n. 16

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2012), fig. 114, p. 241

Exhibition History

Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/23/2008 - 11/16/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/16/2009 - 11/08/2009

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