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Saint John the Evangelist Meditating the Gospel
Saint John the Evangelist Meditating the Gospel
ca. 1645–1650
Not on display
Pen And Brown Ink On Laid Paper Mounted On An Album Page
Sheet: 218 x 199 mm (8 9/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
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Heirs of Benedetto and Cesari Gennaro (L. suppl. 2858c); first Earl of Gainsborough (possible, according to Lugt, not confirmed); private collections; Sotheby & Co., London, 27 June 1974, lot no. 26, p. 16, repr. p. 46; Yvonne Tan Bunzl, London, summer 1975, cat. no. 18, repr. (sold 1976);
Bertelà Giovanni Gaesta and Stefano Ferrara. Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Gabinetto della Stampe. Sezione III: Incisori Bolognesi ed Emiliani del sec. XVII (Bologna: Assoziazone per li Arti “Francesco Francia”, 1973), no. 520 (inv, 4941, vol. 10), repr., entry for Giovane (Young Man) by Francesco Curti,
Sotheby & Co., London. Fine Old Master ...27 June 1974:. lot no. 26, repr., which gives only the Gennari provenance, not the Earl of Gainsborough;
Old Master Drawings... presented by Yvonne Tan Bunzl, summer 1975. cat. no. 18, repr., giving Gennari and Earl of Gainsborough as well as the Gennari in the provenance .;
The drawing was engraved in reverse, without the inscribed book, by Francesco Curti (1603-1672) (see file for copy of the pertinent sheets from the Bologna catalogue.);
There was also an engraving by Domenico Bonaveri (b.Bologna ca. 1650), according to a letter from Nicholas Turner at the British Museum, dated 6 Sept. 1984,of which Francesco Bartolozzi (ca. 1725/1728-1815)made an engraved copy and identified it as Guercino (see Windsor Castle collection); (See letter in file in which it is not entirely clear whether Bartolozzi was reproducing a drawing after Guercino or Bonaveri’s engraving after Guercino’s drawing );
The dealer, Joseph Fach in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in his catalogue of 10 June 1986,offered a pen and brown ink drawing (no. 6 in the list) by an 18th century follower of Guercino and makes reference to the original in the AFGA. The copy drawing is in reverse, and the dealer notes that it may be after the engraving by Bonaveri rather than directly after the original drawing.;

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Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund

Exhibition History:

CPLH, Recent Acquisitions, Aug 26 - Oct 23, 1977
CPLH, European Drawings from the AFGA, 16 - 18th century, Feb 24 - June 3, 1979; CPLH, Masterworks from the AFGA, Feb 21 - May 3, 1981.
CPLH, Master Drawings from the AFGA, 3 Aug - 13 Oct 1985.
CPLH, 20 years of collecting: Director's Choice, 7 March - 14 June 1987.
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, 16 Feb - 31 March 1991 (also National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 3 May - 16 June 1991, Cleveland Museum of Art, 27 Aug - 13 Oct 1991): Master Draftsmen: Works from North American Collections, 1991,[exh. cat. not available 1993];
de Young, Italian Old Master Drawings, 2 Feb - 24 April 1994.
CPLH, TREASURES, 11 Nov 1995 - 3 March 1996, cat # 45.
de Young, Rembrandt's Century, 26 Jan - 2 June 2013.
Crocker Art Museum, Reuniting the Masters: European Drawings from West Coast Collections, November 13, 2016 to February 5, 2017

young clean shaven man (St. John), seated, head resting on his right hand, looking at a sheet inscribed in Latin with the first words of the Gospel According to St. John