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ATTRIBUTED TO ALBERTO ALBERTI (1526-1599)
  • ATTRIBUTED TO ALBERTO ALBERTI (1526-1599)

    STUDY OF AN ANTHROPOMORPHIC DECORATIVE DESIGN

    [With various decorative & architectural motifs in the same hand verso]

    Numbered u.r. 24), bears ink stamp l.r. [thought to be Lugt 5853]

    Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on blue wove paper
    28cm x 19 cm

     

    Provenance:

    With Joanna Booth, London

     

     

    The present work is taken from the same folio as two sheets which are attributed to Alberto Alberti in the Morgan Library & Museum, New York (1989.60 & 61). Those were given by Janos Scholz, and have recently been reattributed to Alberti on the basis of comparison with a large series of similar sheets in the Biblioteca Nazionale, Rome. 

     

     

    Alberto Alberti was born in Borgo San Sepolcro, a town set on one of the crossroads between Tuscany, the Marches, and Umbria, which flourished primarily in the 16th century, during which time the family workshop grew in size and several members achieved prominence. Alberto was the son of Giovanni di Giuliano di Alberto Alberti (Giovanni di Berto, called Lito (1483-1553)), a painter and sculptor. Alberto was an architect and military engineer to the Medici in Florence, and worked primarily for Cosimo I de' Medici, later moving to Rome from 1563 to 1586 where he continued his work under the patronage of the Medici.

     

    Alberto was primarily a wood-carver, but also worked as a painter, was a prolific draughtsman, military engineer and cartographer, and left detailed diaries and account books covering 50 years of his family's activities. Alberto was the father of Alessandro Alberti (1551-1596), Cherubino Alberti (1553-1615), and Giovanni Alberti (1558-1601), all of whom were accomplished artists in their own right.

    • Notes & Bibliography

      Notes:

      [1] A drawing in the Morgan Library, New York, given by Janos Scholz, bears what we believe to be the same stamp. Please see final image above for a side-by-side comparison of the faded stamp on the present sheet with a clearer impression on one in the Morgan (Paolo Farinati, Recto: Seated Woman Holding a Dagger, inv. 1985.84). 

       

      Bibliography:

      (i) Kristina hermann-Fiore, Disegni degli Alberti : il volume 2503 del Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe, Rome (1983)

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