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    Baldassarre Franceschini (Italian, 1611-1690)
    Study of a male nude, seated, resting his chin on his left hand; A male nude in profile climbing a staircase, a separate study of his hand holding a stick (recto and verso)
    Red chalk with traces of white chalk (recto and verso) and black chalk (verso) on beige wove paper
    16 x 10-1/2 inches (40.6 x 26.7 cm)

    PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK ESTATE

    PROVENANCE:
    Sotheby's, New York, January 24, 2007, lot 41.

    The drawings on both sides of this sheet are preparatory studies for two different figures in Volterrano's fresco of Francesco Medici receiving homage from the Florentines, part of the decoration of the courtyard at Villa Petraia, near Florence. Volterrano's commission from Don Lorenzo de Medici stipulated he paint two groups of frescoes beneath the twin loggias of the villa's internal courtyard between 1636 and 1648.

    The many drawings related to the commission demonstrated that Volterrano prepared every scene with great care; each figure was first studied in the nude, and then clothed. The recto relates quite closely to the figures of the soldier wearing armor in the left foreground of the scene. The verso is a study for the dignitary climbing towards the seated figure of Francesco Medici to the right of the fresco composition.

    This lot is accompanied by a framed giclee of the drawing on the reverse of the sheet.


    Condition Report*: Two-sided drawing framed in a single frame that is double-glazed. Recto has evidence of inactive foxing. Otherwise no noticeable issues.
    Framed Dimensions 24.5 X 19.25 X 1.25 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    December, 2019
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