Figure Of A Woman Seated With Her Back Turned (Study For The Eritrean Sybil)
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Paolo Caliari, called Veronese, Italian (Verona, Italy 1528 - 1588 Venice, Italy)
Figure of a Woman Seated with her Back Turned (Study for the Eritrean Sybil)
Work Type
16th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
Physical Descriptions
Black chalk with traces of white chalk on off-white antique laid paper, laid down overall to blue antique laid paper decorated mount
41.6 x 32.5 cm (16 3/8 x 12 13/16 in.)
Emile Wauters, Paris (L. 911), his sale; [Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, June 15-16, 1926, no. 31, repr.]; to(?) Carl H. Pforzheimer, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1927
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Carl H. Pforzheimer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Frederic Lees, The Art of the Great Masters: As Exemplified by Drawings in the Collection of Emile Wauters, membre de l'Academie royale de Belgique, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA, 1913), p. 53, repr. fig. 70

"Les Ventes", La Revue de l'art ancien et moderne (1926), vol. L, p. 328, repr.

Percy H. Osmond, Paolo Veronese: His Career and Work (London, England, 1927), p. 104

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 206, pp. 110-111; vol. 2, repr. fig. 114 as Paolo Veronese (?)

W.R. Rearick, Biblioteca di disegni. Maestri veneti del Cinquecento II (Florence, Italy, 1980), pp. 53-54

Bernard Chaet, The Art of Drawing, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY, 1983), p. 47, repr. pl. 58

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. 42, n.p., and p. 40, repr. color

W.R. Rearick, Il disegno veneziano del Cinquecento, Electa (Milan, Italy, 2001), p. 156

Virginia Brilliant and Frederick Ilchman, ed., Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice, exh. cat., John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, 2012), p. 266, cat. no. 47, pp. 197, 198, repr. p. 198

Robert Allerton Parker, "Notes on Drawings at the Fogg Museum", The International Studio (January 1930), vol. 95, no. 392, pp. 36-40, p. 39

"The New Fogg Museum--The Collection of Drawings", The Arts (July 1927), vol. XII, pp. 25-28

Walter H. Siple, "The Opening Exhibition", Arts (July 1927), vol. XII, no. 1, pp. 33-39, pp. 38-9, repr. p. 34

"Drawings from the E. W. Collection", Art News (June 12 ,1926), vol. XXIV, no. 36, section 2, pp. 12-13; repr. p. 12

Dessins anciens. Part I, auct. cat., Frederik Muller & Cie. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 1926 - June 16, 1926), no. 31, repr. pl. XXXI

W.R. Rearick, "Black Chalk Drawings by Paolo Veronese", Master Drawings (Summer 1992), vol. XXX, no. 2, pp. 143-173, pp. 148 and 171 (n. 13), repr. p. 147, fig. 5

Exhibition History

The Art of Paolo Veronese 1528-1588, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/13/1988 - 02/20/1989

Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 12/07/2012 - 04/14/2013

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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