Fred R. Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Peruzzi image (after conservation) copyright 2010 J. Paul Getty Museum

 

DISCOVERY

 

Artist: Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536)

Sienese painter, architect, draftsman, and stage designer.  After Michelangelo and Raphael, Peruzzi was the most important artist of the Roman High Renaissance.  He worked under Bramante on St. Peter's and eventually became architect to the building after Raphael's death in 1520.

 

Title: The Holy Family  

Date: circa 1510, Rome  

Medium: Pen and sepia ink on paper 

Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 in. / 24.1 x 19.10 cm.

 

Inscriptions (before and after Getty conservation)

Originally inscribed in ink on the drawing, lower recto, in an obvious early hand: Baldasare da Siena (removed during Getty conservation)

Inscribed in graphite, on recto matting in a probably later hand: Baldassare da Siena (retained during Getty conservation)

Verso, on the drawing in ink: a probably later doddle-sketch of an insect (removed during Getty conservation)

 

Provenance

Private Deceased Estate, Austin, 1965 (as unidentified artist)

Private Collection, Austin, 1966 (as unidentified artist)

Gift to Jann Arbogust, Austin, 1967-1985 (as unidentified artist)

Collection of Fred and Jann Kline, San Antonio, 1985 (as unidentified artist)

Fred R. Kline Gallery, San Antonio, 1985 (here first researched, identified and authenticated as Peruzzi by Fred & Jann Kline with important assistance from noted old master drawing specialist Rachel Kaminsky)

J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1986

 

Exhibition

Fred R. Kline Gallery, San Antonio. "A Renaissance Drawing by Baldasare Peruzzi, 1510 Rome".  Fall 1985.

 

Historical Note:  Fred R. Kline Gallery held the first known exhibition of the Peruzzi drawing.  This extremely rare drawing is today widely considered among the most important drawings in the small body of works by Peruzzi held in museums worldwide.

 

 

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