This is a significant early example of pure landscape drawing, produced infrequently in European art in the early sixteenth century. The sheet comes from a now-disbound album of landscape studies by Fra Bartolomeo assembled by an eighteenth-century collector. Fra Bartolomeo likely produced these drawings outdoors during his travels in and around Florence, often to Dominican establishments (he was a member of the Dominican Order). A number of the sites he recorded in these drawings have been identified.
Bequeathed by Fra Bartolommeo to Fra Paolino da Pistoia, Florence; Suor Plautilla Nelli, Florence, before 1574; Convent of Santa Caterina, Piazza San Marco, Florence, acquired after Suor Plautilla Nelli's death in 1588; Francesco Maria Niccolò Gabburi, Florence, acquired in or about 1727; Kent, England, acquired after Gabburi's death in 1742; private collection, Ireland; sale, Sotheby's, London, November 20, 1957, no. 1, ill. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1957.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence)Date: 1472–1517Medium: Pen and brown ink (kneeling angel at left), faint black chalk (the hardly legible standing figure of the Virgin at right) (recto); faint view of buildings in pen and brown ink (verso)Accession: 23.280.7On view in:Not on view
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence) (?)Date: 1472–1517Medium: Black chalk, highlighted with white. Squared in black chalkAccession: 1972.118.240On view in:Not on view
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence) (?)Date: ca. 1500Medium: Pen and brown ink, over traces of black chalkAccession: 1972.118.241On view in:Not on view