Study For A Frieze With Siren And Acanthus
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1979.63
People
? Tullio Lombardo, Italian ( c. 1455 - 1532 Venice, Italy)
Title
Study for a Frieze with Siren and Acanthus
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1481-1489
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
Culture
Italian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown ink on off-white antique laid paper, scored for transfer
Dimensions
19.5 x 28.2 cm (7 11/16 x 11 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • 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
  • inscription: l.l. corner, Reddish brown ink: Giovanni d'Udine
Provenance
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
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
Accession Year
1979
Object Number
1979.63
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Wendy Stedman Sheard, "The Tomb of Andrea Vendramin in Venice by Tullio Lombardo" (Thesis, Yale University, 1971), Unpublished, pp. 414, 418-421 and passim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 (?)

Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, exh. cat., 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

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

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. . . .

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

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted