Drawing 23


1596 CORTONA – 1669 ROME

A study for a frieze or corner pendentive, or decorative ceiling panel, in the Palazzo Pitti, as indicated in ink on the verso. This study illustrates the fluidity of pen and ink drawing by one of the Renaissance’s great master draughtsmen, Pietro da Cortona, whom many consider one of the luminaries of the Italian Baroque, both as painter and architect. Along with his contemporaries and rivals, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, he was one of the key figures in the emergence of Roman Baroque architecture. 


Brown ink on laid paper under mat. Paper tear at top, not affecting drawing and invisible when matted. Neapolitan art scholar, Professor of Neapolitan Baroque currently serving a Fellowship at the Prado Museum, Dr. Viviana Farina. We are grateful to Dr. Farina for confirming the authenticity of the drawings as studies for the ceiling of the Palazzo Pitti Sala di Apollo. The handwritten notation below the drawing reads, “Pietro da Cortona” on old Passe-partout in the handwriting of Oratorian Father Sebastiano Resta, famed collector of master drawings who was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, collector of drawings between the end of the Seventeenth and the beginning of the Eighteenth century. Verso notation, “Di Pietro da Cortona nel Palazzo di Pitti” is a reference to the ceiling pendentives at the Pitti Palace. Full documentation and article on the discovery of the pair of Cortona pendentives is available upon sale of the drawing(s). Available singly or as a pair.

DIMENSIONS: 212,7 x 158,7 mm (8 3/8″ x 6 1/4″); with mount, 381 x 320,7 mm (15″ x 12 5/8″).

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“Di Pietro da Cortona nel Palazzo di Pitti”