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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Giulio Romano, Italian (Rome 1499? - 1546 Mantua)
Cupid Holding a Brazier
Work Type
16th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and brown wash, with touches of black chalk, on cream antique laid paper
19.7 × 16.7 cm (7 3/4 × 6 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: fleur-de-lys, similar to Briquet 7283 (Bergamo, 1545, and others, Italian c. 1545)
  • label: printed: 64 Cupid Holding a Brazier. Giulio Romano, Italian: 1492-1546. Full-length nude figure of the winged holding in his outstretched arms a flaming brazier. (Savage). Pen and sepia wash: 7 3/4 x 6 3/4 insches. Collection of the Earl of Warwick, Warwick Castle.
  • label: typed: Giulio Romano. / Giulio Romano was born at Rome in 1492. He was apprenticed to Raphael in early life and assisted him in the Vatican. / While Romano was in Rome, he painted mythical frescoes in the Villa Lanti, Villa Madama etc., and in 1524 Guilio went to Mantua and was in service / of Duke Federigo Gonzaga. Romano died at Mantua in 1546. / He exhibited pictures in Dresden, Florence, London, Naples, Paris, Rome and Vienna.
  • label: printed and red ink on pink label: 4632 / X64
  • inscription: old frame backing, black chalk: X64
  • label: round blue sticky label, printed and black ink: SPB
  • inscription: presumably on old frame backing paper, black ink: indecipherable
Seiden & de Cuevas, Inc., Brampton, Ontario, acquired at Sotheby's, 1981, sold to Harvard University Art Museums, 1998. Sotheby's sale, June, 1981, no. ?; placed on long-term loan to Fogg Art Museum 1981-1998.
Earl of Warwick, Stratford, UK, sold at Sotheby's, New York, 1981. Warwick Castle. Sale, June, 1981.
Sotheby's, New York, from the Earl of Warwick, 1981, sold to Seiden and de Cuevas, Inc., 1981. Sale, New York, June, 1981, no. ?; placed on long-term loan at Fogg Art Museum in 1981
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Fund in honor of Norma-Jean and Stanford Calderwood
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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