Study For A Frieze With Siren And Acanthus
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
? Tullio Lombardo, Italian (c. 1455 - 1532 Venice, Italy)
Study for a Frieze with Siren and Acanthus
Work Type
c. 1481-1489
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink on off-white antique laid paper, scored for transfer
19.5 x 28.2 cm (7 11/16 x 11 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.l. corner, Reddish brown ink: Giovanni d'Udine
  • collector's mark: Just above center of bottom edge: [Unidentifiable]
  • inscription: Verso, bottom edge, Brown ink: Zuanne [?] d'Udine [?]
  • inscription: Verso, top left corner, Graphite: 500f
  • inscription: Verso, below center, Brown ink: Jma
Unidentified Collector. Collector's mark.
Bernard D'Hendecourt, London, England.
Sotheby's, London, England, from D'Hendecourt, sold to Agnews, 1929. Sale, May 8-10, 1929, lot 228, repr. (as Pietro Lombardi); information from Witt Library mount
Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd., London, England, acquired from Sotheby's, London, 1929. Sotheby's sale, May 8-10, 1929. Information from Witt Library mount
Philip and Frances L. Hofer, Cambridge, Massachusetts; bequest of Frances L. Hofer, 1979.63
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Art in New England, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1939), cat. no. 186, p. 107; repr. no. 186, pl. LXXXII

P. Rotondi, Il Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, 2 vols. (Urbino, 1950), vol. I, pp. 240-242, 260-262 and 280-285, repr. in vol. II

Wendy Stedman Sheard, "The Tomb of Andrea Vendramin in Venice by Tullio Lombardo" (Thesis, Yale University, 1971), Unpublished, pp. 414, 418-421 and passim

Wendy Stedman Sheard, Antiquity in the Renaissance, exh. cat., Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, 1978), cat. no. 118, repr.

Debra Pincus, "Tullio Lombardo as Restorer of Antiquities: An Aspect of Fifteenth Century Venetian Antiquarianism", Arte veneta: rivista di storia dell'arte (1979), vol. XXXIII, pp. 29-42

Beverly Louise Brown, Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1981), p. 15; cat. no. 15, p. 19, as Lombardo (?)

Eunice Williams, Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, exh. cat., ed. Konrad Oberhuber and William W. Robinson, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1984), cat. no. 1, pp. 15-16, repr. pl. 1, p. 75

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), text and repr., cat. no. 251, p. 217

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. 9, n.p., and pp. 22 and 24; repr. color

Edward Saywell, "Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 7-29, p. 13; repr. fig. 12, p. 15; checklist no. 16, p. 27

Everett Fahy, Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe, Alberto Bruschi (Florence, Italy, 2000), cat. no. 572, p. 57; repr. no. 572, p. 307; under no. 36, p. 351; repr. . . .

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 1998-99 (Cambridge, MA, 2000), repr. p. 38

Stephan Wolohojian, Sacred and Profane Visions from Renaissance Venice, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), cat. no. 17 as (?)

Matteo Ceriana, Il Camerino di alabastro: Antonio Lombardo e la scultura all'antica, exh. cat., Silvana Editoriale (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, 2004), cat. no. 49, pp. 218-19, repr. as Antonio or Tullio Lombardo (?), and pp. 26....

Exhibition History

Art in New England: Paintings, Drawings, Prints from Private Collections in New England, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/09/1939 - 09/10/1939

Antiquity in the Renaissance, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 04/06/1978 - 06/06/1978

Prints and Drawings of the Quattrocento, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 07/03/1981 - 08/31/1981

Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, 04/15/1984 - 07/07/1984; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1984 - 11/29/1984

Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/03/1998 - 12/30/1998

Sacred and Profane Visions from Renaissance Venice, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/17/2001 - 07/23/2001

Il Camerino di alabastro: Antonio Lombardo e la scultura all'antica, Castello Estense, Ferrara, 03/14/2004 - 07/04/2004

32Q: 2540 Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/01/2017 - 09/01/2017

Subjects and Contexts

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