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The Descent from the Cross with study for Virgin and Holy Women below: PD.29-1956

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Current Location: In storage


The Descent from the Cross with study for Virgin and Holy Women below
Venus and Cupid; A soldier in Roman costume; Study of an arm


Draughtsman: Marchetti, Marco (Marco da Faenza)




History note: Thomas Banks, (Lugt 2423); Mrs L. Forster; A. Poynter; Sir E.J. Poynter (Lugt 874); his sale Sotheby's, April 24-25, 1918, lot 204, bought by Charles Clarke

Measurements and weight

Height: 302 mm
Width: 216 mm

Relative size of this object

21.6 m30.2 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1956) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Formerly attrib. to Daniele da Volterra

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Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( stuck down)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Recto: pen brown ink and brown wash, traces of black chalk verso: pen and brown ink, brown wash over traces of black chalk; pen and brown ink; black chalk on paper, stuck down

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Michel Ang Buonaroti (18th C. hand) (possibly by M.A. for D. Volterra in graphite)
  • Location: Bottom centre of old mount
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.29-1956
Primary reference Number: 7576
Lugt: 2423
Lugt: 874
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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