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St. John the Baptist
St. John the Baptist
Attrib. To:
17th century
Not on display
Red Chalk On Laid Paper
Image: 207 x 127 mm (8 1/8 x 5 in.)
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Provenance: Joseph Green Cogswell; Mortimer Leo Schiff; Moore S. Achenbach;
Cogswell no.189 , Hellman no. 168 as “Evangelist” by Pietro Testa (George S. Hellman, Original Drawings by the Old Masters: The Collection formed by Joseph Green Cogswell, 1786-1871, New York: privately published, 1915);
Attributions and notes from file and mat:
Former AFGA title in files: Christ at the Column;
Unsigned, (n.d.) but in Alfred Moir’s (UCSB professor) hand on the mat: “No, it’s a prophet with a book or tablet”;
G. Taylor (n.d.) (on mat):“St. John Baptist, prophets are more fully clothed and are without halo”;
E. Carroll, Konrad Oberhuber (Spring, 1971) (notes in file): St. John the Baptist (?) by Alonso Berruguette;
H. Röttgen(of Darmstadt) (Nov. 1971) (notes in file):Early Testa;
Philip Pouncey (Nov. 1983) (notes in file): “Good drawing. OK as Testa or perhaps Rosso.”;
Ann Sutherland Harris (letter of 19 April 1988 in file, 3/88 on mat): Early Giuseppe Cesari d’Arpino (cf. Roettgen cat. pl. 72 & 73), cannot connect it with a particular work, but it has all the right calligraphic mannerisms and physiognomy / Not Christ at column, but a prophet w. tablet or St. J the B (halo);
Ann Percy (n.d.) (on mat): “Not Testa/ I think” (last part not fully legible);
N.T. (Nicholas Turner, British Museum, from photo provided to him ca. 1988)(note in file): “Surely Florentine and very close to Rosso. I do not see any relationship to either Testa or Giuseppe Cesari.”

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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Exhibition History:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: The Noble Past, 1976-1977, faculty-student project directed by UCSB Professor Alfred Moir [no notes available 1993];
FAMSF, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: Italian Old Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 2 Feb - 24 April 1994.

standing man, wearing only a draped cloth, head turned in profile with a halo above, holding a portion of a staff or a book, suggestion of a tree trunk behind him