Giuseppe Cesari, Il Cavaliere d'Arpino (Arpino 1568-1640 Rome)
The Annunciation
with inscription 'Mano della Cavalier Gioseppe Cesare compra Grand duca' (verso)
red chalk, losses
1013 x 778 in. (26.7 x 20.5 cm)

Heinrich Beckmann (1874-1940), Bremen (L. 2756a); Christie's, London, 21 November 1967, lot 165.
Luciano Maranzi, Rome.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 July 2008, lot 10.
H. Röttgen, Il Cavalier Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino, Rome, 2002, pp. 282-3, no. 52a.
M.S. Bolzoni, Il Cavaliere Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino. Maestro del disegno. Catalogo ragionato dell'opera grafica, Rome, 2013, no. 110, ill.
H. Röttgen, Cavalier Giuseppe Cesare d'Arpino, Die Zeichnungen, II, disegni, 1587/93-1605, Stuttgart, 2013, no. 234, ill.
Rome, Palazzo Venezia, Il Cavalier d'Arpino, 1973, no. 102.
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A study for a picture in the Cappella Aldobrandini, Santa Maria in Via, Rome (see H. Röttgen, 2013, op. cit., p. 115). Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini commissioned this picture and the frescoes in the chapel which according to Luisa Mortari Arpino completed between 1 August 1594 and 13 February 1596 (H. Röttgen, op. cit., 1973, no. 102).

There are two copies of this drawing with minor differences, one in the Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf (inv. no. FP321), the other in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (inv. no. 24404). The sheet in Düsseldorf corresponds stylistically with a group of drawings attributed to Muzio Cesari, Giuseppe's older brother.
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