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Holy Family with St John the Baptist and angels: PD.39-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Holy Family with St John the Baptist and angels


Draughtsman: Menzocchi, Francesco (Vecchio di San Bernardo)




History note: Zaccario Sagredo, Venice; de Boissieu; P. Scarpa (cf. Lugt 2103a); sale, Sotheby's, 1 July 1991, lot 18 (as Emidian); with Kate Ganz from whom bought by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

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With a contribution from Kate Ganz.

Measurements and weight

Height: 267 mm
Width: 233 mm

Relative size of this object

23.3 m26.7 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


A modello for the painting of the same subject by Menzocchi in the Bob Jones University collection, Granville, North Carolina (no. P.58.123), which he has dated on stylistic grounds to the 1560's (Stephen Pepper)

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Materials used in production

Black chalk
Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Point of the brush, pen and brown ink, heightened with white on traces of black chalk, on paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: partially erased

  • Text: ... del Parmegiano
  • Location: Below
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: S. L. no 40
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.39-1991
Primary reference Number: 7584
Lugt: 2103a
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Audit data

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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