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Drawing, Design for Grotesque Decoration, mid–late 16th century

This is a Drawing. It is dated mid–late 16th century and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is pen and brown ink, black chalk on off-white laid paper, mounted on laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment: Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department Deaccession Fund. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of the Misses Leupp and Mary Turlay Robinson and from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 13.5 × 7.9 cm (5 5/16 × 3 1/8 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.) matted with 1994-64-2 and1994-64-3

It has the following markings

Fragment of shield (with cross, saint?) on mount sheet between -2 and -3.

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite by a later hand, lower right of mount (bearing 3 drawings, -1,-2,-3): Gianantonio da Brescia/cf. Nicola Modena; at lower right on mount beneath each drawing, 13.5 x 8.0 cm. (top); 179 x 92 mm (LL); 173 x 107 mm. (LR) Numbers partially erased beneath each drawing on mount at LL, 44 233/44 233a/44 233b. Numerals in graphite at lower left ofmount sheet: 286/Inv 1g 87(?); lower right, 100

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Grotesque Decoration, mid–late 16th century; Italy; pen and brown ink, black chalk on off-white laid paper, mounted on laid paper; H x W x D: 13.5 × 7.9 cm (5 5/16 × 3 1/8 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.) matted with 1994-64-2 and1994-64-3; Museum purchase through gift of the Misses Leupp and Mary Turlay Robinson and from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Fund; 1994-64-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Fragile Beasts.

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