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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Copy after Leonardo da Vinci, Italian (Anchiano, Italy 1452 - 1519 Amboise, France)
Possibly by Francesco Melzi, Italian (1491/93-c. 1570)
Two Grotesque Heads
Work Type
15th-16th century
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink on cream antique laid paper
actual: 5.7 x 9.7 cm (2 1/4 x 3 13/16 in.)
The Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House, Wiltshire, sold [through Sotheby's, London, July 10, 1917 as part of lot 466]; to Bacri Frères, Paris, France, sold; to Edward Fowles, New York, NY, 1924, bequest; to Jean Fowles (his wife), New York, NY, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1981.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jean Fowles in memory of Edward Fowles, step-father of Claire Douglas, Radcliffe, class of 1955
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

S. Arthur Strong, Reproductions in Facsimile of Drawings by the Old Masters in the Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery at Wilton House, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (London, England, 1900), part II, no. 15 (as after Leonardo)

Patricia Trutty-Coohill and Carlo Pedretti, The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and His Circle in America, Giunti Editore (Florence, Italy, 1993), no. 30 l, repr. in color

Patricia Trutty-Coohill, "Americana Aftermath", Leonardi Vinci: Journal of Leonardo Studies & Bibliography of Vinciana, ed. Carlo Pedretti, Giunti Editore (Florence, 1996), Vol. IX, pp. 205-206, p. 206

Old Master Drawings, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, 7/7/1998), under lot no. 59, p. 58

Exhibition History

The Sforza Court: Milan in the Renaissance, 1450-1535, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Austin, 10/27/1988 - 12/18/1988; University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, 01/18/1989 - 03/12/1989; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 04/16/1989 - 06/04/1989

32Q: 2540 Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2017 - 12/12/2017

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