Three Standing Figures (recto); Seated Woman and a Male Hermit in Half-length (verso)

Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Verona (?) 1374/75–?ca. 1438 Castel Bragher)

Pen and brown ink, over traces of charcoal or black chalk (recto); pen and brown ink, brush with touches of brown wash, over traces of charcoal or black chalk (verso)
11-13/16 x 8-13/16 in. (30.0 x 22.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.364a, b
  • Description

    This is one of a small handful of extant drawings by Stefano, who was among the leading northern Italian artists of the early fifteenth century. The son of a French painter, Stefano worked throughout northern Italy, but only one signed picture by him survives, The Adoration of the Magi from about 1435 (Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan). The style of the drawing, with its long flowing lines and elegant elongated figures, is typical of the period. The Metropolitan Museum sheet was originally part of a modelbook or sketchbook. Further related pages are in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, and the Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: The nearly effaced inscription in pen and brown ink on the upper left quadrant of the verso can be reconstructed, "Questo desegno fo de felipo". This inscription may be traceable to a Veronese collector from the early 15th century, by the name of "Filippo."

    On the verso, at the top center of the sheet, an inscription in pen and brown ink has been partially obliterated by scraping.

  • Provenance

    Felice Feliciano, Verona; Count Ludovico Moscardo Minischalchi, Verona; Count Mario Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona; Private Collection, Germany ; Private Collection, United States

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 6, 1997–April 13, 1997.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 26, 2004–July 25, 2004.

  • References

    Paul Jeromack "The Sefano da Verona they thought dated from 1900." The Art Newspaper. no. 66, New York, January 1997, p. 11, ill.

    Annegrit Schmitt, Katrin Bellinger Old Master Drawings. Exhibition/sale catalogue. New York, 1997, fig. no. 1, 2, ill.

    George R. Goldner, Colta Ives, Carolyn Logan, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1996-1997." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s., vol. 55, no. 2, Autumn 1997, (entry by George R. Goldner), p. 25, ill.

    Evelyn Karet "Stefano da Verona, Felice Feliciano and the First Renaissance Collection of Drawings." Arte Lombarda. Nuova serie, vol. 3, Milan, Italy, 1998, fig. no. figs. 9, 10, pp. 31, 36-38, ill.

    Annegrit Schmitt "Eine unbekannte Zeichnung des Stefano di Giovanni da Verona." in Per Luigi Grassi: Disegno e Disegni [papers published in memory of Luigi Grassi]. Rimini, Italy, 1998, fig. no. fig. 1, recto, pp. 25-39, ill.

    Evelyn Karet Drawings of Stefano da Verona and His Circle and the Origins of Collecting in Italy: A Catalogue Raisonné. American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 2002, cat. no. 9, 69-71, ill.

    Lorenza Melli I disegni italiani del Quattrocento nel Kupferstich-Kabinett di Dresda Exh. Cat. Florence, Istituto Olandese di Storia dell'Arte (15 Sep. - 5 Nov., 2006). Florence, 2006, p. 41.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History