RF , Paris. II follow a curiously par- in a drawing of modest ability in the Uffizi - yet allel track in Florence. Lorenzo had been Leonardo's another infant Christ, but in bust-length fig. As we can see from. In a nore in Paris MS. Spirito," less, it appears that for Leonardo, these tracing and copy- now identified with the Del Mazziere brorhers. Nature was, ulti- Lorenzo eli Credi and that in the exquisite panel of the mately, the sole guide of a painter in his profession.
Madonna and Child Fig. The outlines on rhe child's head and on Vasari would reproach Pietro Perugino doc. Some moder-n critics of the artist: "Having worked so much traces of rubbed charcoal pouncing dust cover the and having always so much excess work to do, he fie- upper portion of the sheet. The drawing is nearly iden- guendy used the same things in different pictures, and his tical in scale and design to the infant Christ's head in work had become so mannered that he gave all his fig- Lorenzo di Credi's monumental, entirely pricked car- ures the same air Signed and dated , the altarpiece of the Lamentation was painted for the nuns ofS.
Chiara in Florence Fig. In rec- ognizing its beauty, Vasari told that Francesco del Pugliese was apparently willing to pay Perugino three times the price of the original commission. The composition lends them a new context. The artist carefully cali- brated the relationships from figure to figure. A fragment from the pricked car- toon in black chalk, the Head of St. A vertical line courses through Joseph's face and upper torso.
This is the vertical axis aligning the head, shoulders, and knee for the kneeling pose of his figure. Precision of pitch was espe- cially important, as the saint's ftgure anchors the composition on the left. Artist near Lorenzo di Credi and the "Master of S. Spirito" providing a point of reference for the placement in space the brothers Del Mazziere , pricked pattern for the Head and Upper of both of his foreshortened shoulders. Chiara Lamentation Fig. Pietro Christ's sudarium on the extreme right.
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If we note the replied, "I have painted in this work the figures you for- relevance of plumblines and horizonlines for Raphael's merly praised and admired so much, if they now displease design method as discnssed in Chapter Two , although you - what more can I dO? Chiara in the partly autograph 5. Pietro altarpiece, the Ascension altarpiece Fig. Perugino may have many of the cartoons for the figures as separate patterns. Pietro Peruoino, squared and pricked cartoon fragment for the Head of St.
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This very Of Perugino's extant pricked drawings CBC practice underlies Raphael's sheet of pricked nude pat- , stare noncOlupositional. They represent either terns Figs. Francesco in Perugia. Raphael's Oxford his circle. Chiara Lamcntation. Chiara altarpiece may have widely imitated by painters from these regions, among been underdrawn freehand; detailed scientific data about them Giovanni di Pietro "Lo Spagna" 0.
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Nevertheless, the present state In fact, the carefully rendered Uffizi cartoon by "La of research indicates that, outside the medium of fresco, for Peru gino and his wide circle of associates in Umbria Spagna" in black chalk, for a panel depicting the AgollY in apprentices, assistants, collaborators, and subcontracted the Garden Fig. Joseph of Arimatnea Fig. Perugmo Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. As Vasari and Borghini both Perugino's panel of the Resurrection Pinacoteca Vaticana noted, Italian Renaissance painters commonly transferred and the small scene of the Agony in the Carden, seen in cartoons for easel paintings in one piece, without cutting the background of Perugino's fresco of the Last Supper them up see Chapter Two.
Onofrio, Flo- The fragmented state of the cartoon by "Lo rencej. First, each frag- and compass construction, as well as of the drawn lines ment encompasses a single and entirely complete fig- and background elements, confirm that the fragments ure. It is clear that the overall composition of the cor- originally formed a single composition.
The cartoon's responding panel painting by the artist Fig. Francesco in Perugiasv Third, the repetition of figures and motifs was a distinct charac- teristic of the Perugino bottega. At least to some extent, the especially strong tradi- tion of design replication in Umbria and the Marches reflected the conservatism of patronage in these regions a subject still awaiting further research. Vasari's vastly influential judgment of Pietro Perugino extended to the Umbrian and Marchigian artists who comprised his wide circle of imitators, apprentices, assistants, col- laborators, and subcontractees - "[ece Pietro molti maestri di quella maniera.
For the Franciscans of Todi, "Lo Spagna" pro- duced a fairly faithful replica of the altarpiece by Domenico Ghirlandaio and his workshop, which he finished in 15II Figs. Martino in Trevi commissioned "Lo Spagna" in to paint another version of the subject, for which the artist reused the cartoon for the lower register of the composition, although in reverse Fig. He most probably employed a pricked cartoon to replicate [he lower part. Although more precise research is necessary, it is evi- dent that also mainstream Renaissance artists from vir- tually all regions in Italy produced copies specifically to record their inventions, generally delegating the labor of execution to members of their botteghe.
The concession came amidst a protracted, acri- contracts with established artists. Because the Piero della Prancescas extant altarpiece of the painting in question was probably not based on a car- "Madonna della Misericordia" Museo Civico, Borgo toon, the artists may have wished to trace its composi- Sansepolcro ; in ', for Raphael's and Roberro di tion to produce a replica, probably commissioned by Giovanni's altarpiece of the Coronation if the Virgin another patron.
Agostino Colle Val d'Elsa. The which was to imitate an earlier work by his father, great Venetian artist, well past sixty years of age at that 9I Figure Sf. Annunziam flo- rence , while taking great liberty in depicting the angeP2 point, reveled in honors and fame. Investigation of Tic- Allori's extant dravvings and paintings confirm that he ian's fiee, virtuoso painting technigue reveals that car- relied almost exclusively on the calco technique for design toon use was not part of his working practice, even on transfer in his work; thus, here, his practice of spolvero was the rare occasions that he painted in huon fresco, as in entirely a response to the unusual demand from his the Senoia del Santo still in situ, Padua , or the Fondaco patrons to produce an exact replica.
Such advice offers a concrete frame of reference for the evidence in the Renaissance docu- ments that we have been discussing. Letters yield no less tantalizing bits.
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On 9 March ,Antonio Mini, then ll1 Lyons, proudly announced to Ivlichelangelo, in Florence, that he planned to have three paintings made from the Leda cartoon that the great master had given the servant before his departure for Prancelze Technical investigation of Michelangelo's early panels reveals that the great master's own method of easel painting was to work entirely fiorn freehand under- drawings.
Ciovmmi di Pietro "u Spagna" , The Agony in the toons for fresco,as we shall see. Garden, tempera and oil on pane! National Galfery, London. Spolverc and the Production of Copies: ful repertory for artists and artisans in the production of Broad Conclusions copies. Although the spolvero technique is best Bergamasco'' 's death, lists twenty-two spolveri written known as a means of cartoon transfer in the work of Ital- phonetically in Spanish as "espulburias" or "esput- ian Renaissance mural painters, its StCOIlU11on use varos. When the Brescian painter pricked cartoons and other types of pricked designsper- Lattanzio Gambara married the daughter of mitted a manifold repetition of entire compositions, or of his teacher Girolamo Romaninc c.
Cumulative evidence exists to suggest that leading painter of Brescia then, the dowry included most easel painters prepared cartoons, not so much to "some pricked cartoons" ' alcuni spolveri. His "spolveri" may have their execution in paint or, more often, to reproduce been intended for ornament he was an eminent them multiple times. The use of spotoero cartoons for painter of Antique-style grottesclll and could presumably design replication is especially characteristic of Venetian be reused to good profit in later work.
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Lattanzio also seems to have stylus-traced cartoons on A great part of the cartoon's history from to the rare occasions that he employed them in fresco is entangled with this function of design replica- pamtiug. The other main advantage of pounc- ing the Serrecenro.
Johann Hilbner's Cnrienses ousness of the technique. Nor only could designs be repeated over nique, or "calqner" is an indication of lare-sevenreenrh- and over, and in mirror images, but pricked cartoons by century pracricej. The modified that of ornament to be explored in hapter Five. Even this ter well on each side," which refers to the application procedure inflicted damage, however, for it left crudely of "spolvenaxi.
Like the panto- ous, it may well refer to such design reversals, as well as graph, whose belated invention is published in to repetieicns. Moreover, smaJ1, pre- Paganino's embroidery pattetl1book Ven;ce, c. Finally, drawings were generally not easily counterproofed, unless their medium was chalk, charcoal, or graphite. Various types of visual defacing the pigmentation of the original. The offiet evidence can help us establish this.