Goldsmith's Designs; Verso: Study For The Magnifici Tomb In The Medici Chapel
recto © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1932.152
People
Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian (Caprese, Italy 1475 - 1564 Rome, Italy)
Title
Goldsmith's Designs; verso: Study for the Magnifici Tomb in the Medici Chapel
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1521
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, Florence
Culture
Italian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black chalk on beige antique laid paper; verso: black chalk
Dimensions
15.6 x 15.4 cm (6 1/8 x 6 1/16 in.)
framed: 40.01 x 33.34 x 2.54 cm (15 3/4 x 13 1/8 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: Lower left corner, Black ink: L. 1531 (Earl Spencer)
  • collector's mark: Lower right corner, Black ink: L. 2183 (Jonathan Richardson, Sr.)
  • inscription: Verso of old backing sheet, upper center, Brown ink: D.41 / La.35 [crossed out] / CC46 [crossed out] / K (L. 2984)
  • inscription: Verso of old backing sheet, upper left, Graphite: Michelangelo B.
Provenance
Jonathan Richardson Sr., London (L. 2183).
William Russell, London. No mark on drawing. For bibliography see L. 2648
Earl Spencer, Althorp, England (L. 1531).
Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna, Prague. No mark on drawing. For bibliography see L. 2772
H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, from estate of Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna, 1910, sold at sale to Charles Loeser, 1910. Sale 6-11 May, 19, 1910, no. 148, repr.
Charles A. Loeser, Florence, Italy, acquired from H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 1910, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1932. Sale 6-11 May, 1910, no. 148, repr.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser
Accession Year
1932
Object Number
1932.152
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Bernard Berenson, The Drawings of the Florentine Painters, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1938), vol. 1, pp. 363-364; vol. II, no. 1623D, p. 221; vol. III, repr. fig. 796

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 120, pp. 73-74; vol. 2, repr. fig. 76 (recto) as School of...

Arthur E. Popham and Johannes Wilde, The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, Phaidon Press (London, 1949), under no. 425, pp. 249-250

Ludwig Goldscheider, Michelangelo Drawings, Phaidon Press (London, England, 1951), no. 64

Johannes Wilde, Italian Drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum--Michelangelo and his Studio (London, England, 1953), under no. 66, p. 105, and no. 87, p. 124

Decorative Arts of the Italian Renaissance, 1400-1600, exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 1958), no. 18, p. 27, as school of

Luitpold Dussler, Die Zeichnungen des Michelangelo: Kritischer Katalog, Gebr. Mann (Berlin, Germany, 1959), cat. no. 381, pp. 206-207; repr. (recto) pl. 200, n.p.

The Lively Arts of the Renaissance, exh. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX, 1960), cat. no. 5, n.p.

Anxiety and Elegance: The Human Figure in Italian Art, 1520-1580, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1962), no. 16, p. 6

Charles de Tolnay, "Minor Works", The Complete Work of Michelangelo, ed. Mario Salmi, Reynal (New York, NY, 1965), repr. fig. 18, p. 502; pp. 506-7

Frederick Hartt, Michelangelo Drawings (New York, NY, 1972), no. 376

Charles de Tolnay, Corpus dei disegni di Michelangelo, Istituto Geografico de Agostini-Novara (Novara, 1976), vol. III, cat. no. 438, pp. 86-87; repr. color (recto) pl. 438, n.p.

Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), p. 8; cat. no. 13, p. 38; repr. (recto), p. 39

Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., ed. Konrad Oberhuber, National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, Japan, 1979), cat. no. 11, n.p., repr., n.p., pl. 11 (recto)

Paul Joannides, Review of Tolnay, "Corpus dei disegni di Michelangelo", The Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (1981), vol. LXIII, no. 438, p. 685

Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), pp. 30 and 32; cat. no. 20, n.p.; repr. (recto) color, n.p.

Paul Joannides, "Michelangelo Bronzista: Reflections on his mettle", Apollo (1997), vol. CXLV, no. 424, repr. fig. 2 (recto), p. 12; p. 13

Ernst-Gerhard Güse and Alexander Perrig, Zeichnungen aus der Toskana: Das Zeitalter Michelangelos, exh. cat., Saarland Museum and Prestel-Verlag (Saarbrücken and Munich/New York, 1997), under cat. no. 41, p. 152; repr. fig. 4, same page; as Benvenuto Cellini

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, checklist no. 29, p. 28

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 30 under "Black chalk"

Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 119 ("Cartella con due stelle nere")

James Harper, Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), pp. 11, 13, 16; cat. no. 4, pp. 29-30; repr. fig. 4R, p. 29, and fig. 4V, p. 30

Frank Zöllner, Christof Thoenes, and Thomas Pöpper, Michelangelo 1475-1564: Complete Works, Taschen GmbH (Cologne, 2007), p. 752

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 74, repr.

Ideal [Dis-]Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, exh. cat., Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis, 2008), no. 34, repr. pp. 34-35

Paul Joannides, "A Newly Unveiled Drawing by Michelangelo and the Early Iconography of the Magnifici Tomb", Master Drawings (Autumn 1991), vol. XXIX, pp. 255-263; repr. fig. 1 (recto), p. 256; fig. 7 (verso), p. 261

Bernard Berenson, "Andrea di Michelangiolo e Antonio Mini", L'Arte (July 1935), no. 6, pp. 243-283, repr. (recto) fig. 23, p. 267; pp. 269 and 275

Arthur E. Popham, "Drawings in the Fogg Museum", The Burlington Magazine (June 1948), vol. XC, no. 543, no. 120, p. 179

Konrad Oberhuber, "Charles Loeser as a Collector of Drawings", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 464-469, repr. (recto) fig. 3, p. 466; p. 467

Katalog der berühmten sammlung des herrn barons Adalbert von Lanna in Prag: Volume II, Handzeichnungen alter meister und kupferstiche, etc., auct. cat., H. G. Gutekunst (Stuttgart, Germany, May 6 -11, 1910), cat. no. 148, p. 16; repr. (recto) pl. IX, n.p.

Michelangelo: A Symposium & Exhibition, brochure, University of WisconsinPress/The Medieval-Renaissance Guild (Milwaukee, WI, November 1964), details repr. p. 3 and p. 8

Exhibition History

Old Master Drawings, Unknown Venues, 10/01/1949 - 06/30/1950

Decorative Arts of the Italian Renaissance, 1400-1600, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 11/18/1958 - 01/04/1959

The Lively Arts of the Renaissance, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 01/15/1960 - 02/21/1960

Anxiety and Elegance: The Human Figure in Italian Art, 1520-1580, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/01/1962 - 05/25/1962

An Exhibition of Italian Drawings: Works by Michelangelo and other Masters, Department of Art History Gallery, University of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, 11/12/1964 - 11/24/1964

European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979

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

Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2001 - 08/12/2001

Ideal (Dis-)Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 10/24/2008 - 10/03/2009

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

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