Nov 03, 2021 - Sale 2586

Sale 2586 - Lot 512

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
(Todi, active 1519-1582)
The Battle of the Amazons.

Pen and brown ink on cream laid paper. 203x318 mm; 8 1/2x12 1/2 inches. Inscribed "Pierino" in ink, right edge recto.

Provenance: Lord Amherst of Hackney, inscribed in ink, verso; sold Sotheby's, London, December, 14 1921, part of lots 34-43; E. A. Paterson (Lugt 826a, verso); Herbert Feist, New York; private collection, New York.

This is from an album of ornament drawings sold at Sotheby's, London, in 1921. The sheets were all the same size and many bore similar attributions to Perino del Vaga and framing lines on the reverse. Philip Pouncey and John Gere were the first to attribute these sheets to Perino's assistant Luzio Romano (see Pouncey and Gere, Italian Drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Raphael and his Circle, London, 1962, under numbers 187 and 188, plates 156-158). Other pages from the album are at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Courtauld Institute, London and the British Museum, London.

Luzio Romano is mentioned by Vasari as one of the garzone specializing in grotteschi and stucchi who worked for Perino del Vaga in the Palazzo Doria, Genoa, and in the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. After Perino's death, Luzio assisted Daniele da Volterra and worked in the Vatican. The Royal Collection at Windsor Castle has further drawings by the artist.