Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of lead white, over traces of black chalk, on ivory laid paper, with stray graphite marks, cut out and laid down on cream laid paper, laid down on tan laid card
Inscribed recto, lower left, on mount, in graphite: "T 97"; verso, center, on mount, in pen and brown ink: "7. Giulio Romano. Daedalus+Icarus, beautifully finished/in his most careful manner: bistre heightened with white:/designed for the fresco executed in the palace of Te in/Mantua. Size 101½2 x 81½4. From the Collections of the Count/Bianconi, T. Dimsdale+Sir Thomas Lawrence"
26.9 × 20.9 cm (10 5/8 × 8 1/4 in.)
Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
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Catalogue of the Ellesmere Collection of Drawings at Bridgewater House (London, 1898), no. 117.
Frederick Hartt, Giulio Romano (New Haven, Conn., 1958), pp. 278, 305, cat. 297.
Licia Ragghianti Collobi, Il libro de’ disegni del Vasari 1 (Vallecchi, 1974), p. 129, fig. 401.
Catherine Monbeig Goguel, “À Propos de Vasari historien et collectionneur: Giulio Romano et Giorgio Vasari; Le Dessin de La Chute d‘Icare,” Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France 29:4 (1979), pp. 273–76, fig. 3.
Renato Berzaghi, “La camera dei Cavalli,” in Giulio Romano (Electa, 1989), p. 426.
Stefania Massari, Giulio Romano pinxit et delineavit (Fratelli Palombi, 1993), p. 322, fig. 134.
Aidan Weston-Lewis, “Orazio Gentileschi’s Two Versions of ‘The Finding of Moses Reassessed,’” in Orazio Gentileschi at the Court of Charles I,
ed. Gabriele Finaldi (London, 1999), p. 45. n. 27.
Janet Cox-Rearick, Giulio Romano Master Designer, exh. cat. (New York, 1999), pp. 22–25, fig. 7.
Leicester Museum, “The Ellesmere Collection of Old Master Drawings,” 1954, cat. 97, pl. 23, cat. by Peter A. Tomory.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Old Master Drawings from American Collections,” 1976, p. 90, cat. 106a, cat. by Ebria Feinblatt.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Gifts of a Lifetime,” 1998–99, checklist 2.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master Through Modern, The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection,” June 3–July 30, 2006, pp. 26-27, cat. 3 (ill.).
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Strokes of Genius: Italian Drawings from the Goldman Collection,” November 1, 2014-February 1, 2015.
Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (died 1745) [his stamp (Lugt 2184) recto, lower right, in black]. Probably Carlo Bianconi (died 1802). Thomas Dimsdale (died 1823) [his stamp (Lugt 2426) verso, lower left, on mount, in black]; Sir Thomas Lawrence (died 1830) [his dry stamp (Lugt 2445) recto, lower left]; Lord Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (died 1857) [his stamp (Lugt Suppl. 2710b) recto, lower center, in black]; by descent; sold, Sotheby’s, London, December 5, 1972, lot 61, to Robert M. Light, Boston, for Dorothy Braude Edinburg; given to Art Institute, 1998.
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