The painting and all 16 drawings were purchased in one package from a British private collector. Sketches belong mainly to Italian masters, but among them there are works of British, Dutch, Flemish, French and Spanish artists.
Among the most interesting are the drawings by Lorenzo di Credi and Andrea del Sarto, a sketch of the head of a young man belonging to Parmigianino, sketches by Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, Domenico Beccafumi and Sebastiano Piombo, the powerful work of Rubens “African in a Turban”, and also “Pullcineyla I’m Sketched with a Drawing”. »Giovanni Domenico T'epolo.
Left: Michelangelo Buonarotti, "Etude of a Woman in Mourning" (ca. 1500 - 1505). Getty Museum
The satirical ink drawing “Eagle Hunter” by Francisco Goya depicts a man in a pan instead of a helmet hanging over a cliff and trying to get young eagles out of the nest.
Two works presented Degas - perhaps the greatest draftsman of the XIX century. These are sketches of ballerinas that the artist used in at least three paintings, and a large pastel, demonstrating his unrivaled mastery of this new technique for that time.
Left: Francisco Goya, Eagle Hunter (c. 1812 - 1820). Getty Museum
- Edgar Degas, "Spring (Portrait of Jeanne DeMarsi)" (1881)
- Francesco Parmigianino, "The Virgin and Child, St. John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene" (1530s)