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Grotesque Beast
Grotesque Beast
16th century
Not on display
Pen And Brown Ink And Brown Wash On Laid Paper
Sheet: 170 x 188 mm (6 11/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
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Provenance: Joseph Green Cogswell; Mortimer Leo Schiff; Moore S. Achenbach;
Cogswell no.80, Hellman no.171 as “Grotesque Beast” by Giovanni da Udine (George S. Hellman, Original Drawings by the Old Masters: The Collection formed by Joseph Green Cogswell, 1786-1871, New York: privately published, 1915);
From old AFGA files:
Former AFGA title and attribution: “Sea Monster” by Giulio Romano(?);
B. Davidson (26 Jan. 1972):“ Early Tibaldi?”;
C.White (January 1972): “Looks right as Giulio”;
Konrad Oberhuber (April 1971, [then at Harvard, now, i.e.1992, director of the Albertina in Vienna): “Florentine, yes. Romano, probably not. Magnati? Boscoli?”;
A.M. Petrioli-Tofani (Sept. 1981):“Drawing too stiff—formal—for Giulio. Closer to Tibaldi. Prefer to say ‘Central Italian School, 16th century’”;
Philip Pouncey (Nov. 1983): “Not Giulio Romano.”;
Giovanna Bertazzoni, 1.22.1997: maybe not Giulio Romano, but certainly an artist from his entourage, active in Mantova. Attribution confirmed by Professor Giulio Bora (Universita' di Milano), 10.17.1996, who thinks that the drawing is to stiff, and "finito" to be Giulio's. Giulio' hand, in fact, indulges more to flourishes and ornamentations. However, the tail of the sea-monster is truly close to Giulio's style of Mantua dragon figures;
Exhibitions:University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley. Master Drawings from California Collections. 1968. catalogue Juergen Schulz. p.50, no. 45, pl. 126, entry by Keith Thoreen : Sea Monster , ca. 1524-1527, by Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano, on the basis of drawings for tableware in Mantua ca. 1524-1526, and two dragon figures for lunette fresco of 1527 in Sala di Psyche of Palazzo del Tè, Mantua;
FAMSF, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: Italian Old Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1994;

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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Exhibition History:

CPLH, Animals Real and Imagined, Nov 21, 1981 - Feb 7, 1982.

de Young, Italian Old Master Drawings from the AFGA, 2 Feb - 24 April 1994.

a large fantastic animal with crossed legs and tail with tripartite end up in the air, two tall cattail plants at left