Bernardino Poccetti (Barbatelli)

Detail, Jesus Preaching

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Identification & Creation

Catalogue Number:
46

Artist:
Ascribed to Bernardino Poccetti (Barbatelli) (1548-1612)

Title:
Detail, Jesus Preaching, Preparatory drawing for Large Cloister, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Work Type:
Drawing

Date:
16th Century

Culture:
Italian

Physical Description

Medium:
Brown ink on laid paper

Dimensions:
9 1/8 in. h X 6 1/2 in. w

Inscriptions and Annotations:
Drawing inscribed —- Bernardino Poccetti nel[?]chiostri di Sa. Maria / novella (brown ink); Figure of Saint Peter pin-

d for pouncing/copying

Verso:
Annotated J 12 (in oval) / 39 (graphite)

Watermark:
Soaring eagle encircled below a crown, Florence, 1588 (Heawood, 1256)

Condition:
Lower left corner restored, minor spotting and waterstains, generally intact and stable

Acquisition & Rights

Credit Line:
Cornell College, Gift of Robert Sonnenschein II

Accession Year:
1951

Object Number:
1951.46

Description

Commentary:
First attributed to Bernardino Poccetti and later identified as a copy after Poccetti in 1996.  The attribution to Poccetti or his workshop seems likely, as the paper’s watermark indicates that it was made in Florence in 1588 at the same time Poccetti was working on the fresco cycle that dates to the 1580s.  This possibly could be a preparatory drawing.  The scale is only slightly smaller than Poccetti’s preparatory drawings for another lunette such as The Deaths of Ugoccione and Sostegno, 1604-1612 at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The work is a detail that illustrates the right-hand side of a fresco lunette illustrating Jesus Preaching in the large cloister at Santa Maria Novella.  The drawing itself, given its early date, is a useful source for determining how the fresco originally appeared.  A later renovation destroyed part of the lunette in order to make a doorway.  CMP