OTTAVIO MARIA LEONI (Italian, 1578-1630)
    Portrait of Cardinal Niccolo Monaldesco, 1618
    Pencil and white heightening on blue-gray paper
    8-1/2 x 6 inches (21.6 x 15.2 cm)
    Inked collector's stamp of William Mayor in lower right corner
    Dated lower center: 1618
    Inscribed with month and day lower left: ii5 / Luglio

    Collection of William Mayor, England, by circa 1874 (Lugt 2799);
    His sale, April 19, 1908, lot 10, purchased by Agnew [dealer];
    Collection of Yale cardiologist, Dr. H.M. Marvin of New Haven, Connecticut, before 1942;
    By whom gifted to his friend, NYU cardiologist Dr. Clarence E. De La Chapelle, New York on November 7, 1942;
    By whom gifted to Donald C. De La Chapelle, and thence by descent.

    Preserved on the back of the housing is a handwritten dedication of this drawing from Dr. H. M. Martin to Dr. Clarence De la Chapelle which reads: To Clarence--Something of my very own, but a drop for your veritable ocean of kindness. Laddie.

    This very sensitive drawing is the work of Ottavio Leoni, a noted painter, draftsman, and printmaker who distinguished himself in Rome as a fine portraitist in the early decades of the seventeenth century. His drawings were and continue to be particularly prized for their economy of means, delicate handing of chalk and graphite, and remarkably accurate likenesses. Although active in Rome for his entire life, Leoni was known as "Il Padovano" because his father, a medalist and sculptor, was from Padua. Leoni became the principal of the Accademia di S. Luca in Rome in 1614, and enjoyed the patronage of celebrated connoisseur Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who assembled a collection of Leoni's numerous characteristic drawings of Roman families, artists, and citizens.

    During the 19th century, this portrait drawing was owned by English collector and drawing dealer, William Mayor, whose many outstanding sheets made their way over the years into a host of notable museum drawing collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; British Museum, London; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

    Condition Report*:

    Perimeter mounted to French matted card. Very nice condition. Some yellowing on edges of sheet stemming from glue, and old minor water stain in upper left quadrant of sheet not interfering with the drawing itself. On verso of the housing there is preserved a typed letter from Dr. H. M. Martin to Dr. Clarence De la Chapelle. Framed Dimensions 17.5 X 14 Inches

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