Study after Sebastiano Ricci: St. Gregory the Great Begging the Virgin to Deliver Rome from the Plague (from the Basilica of Santa Giustina)

Study after Sebastiano Ricci: St. Gregory the Great Begging the Virgin to Deliver Rome from the Plague (from the Basilica of Santa Giustina)
Artist:
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
Date:
1760-61
Medium:
Black chalk on paper 
Dimensions:
17-3/4 x 13 in. (45.1 x 33.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1970.03.092.D 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View
Description

After five years of study in Rome, the young Fragonard began an extensive journey throughout Italy with Jean-Claude Richard, the Abbé de Saint-Non. The abbott commissioned the artist to make copies of the masters in each city they visited, and gained access to the masterpieces in churches and in important collections. The twenty-eight-year-old artist made more than 200 drawings for his patron during their travels, and Saint-Non later engraved and published many of them. The largest single group of drawings recording this Italian journey, 139 of them, is in The Norton Simon Foundation collection. The drawings form a virtual inventory of the treasures in churches, museums, and private collections of the day. While one can recognize the work of the masters in the student's copies, Fragonard continually reveals his own style and personality.

Provenance:

Abbe Jean Claude Richard de Saint-Non.
Comtesse de Bearn-Behague, Paris (began acquiring the drawings in 1894, sold 1927 to;
Hon. Irwin Laughlin, Meridian House, Washington, D.C., by descent to his daughter;
Mrs. Hubert Chanler, Geneso, New York (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 10 June 1959, lot 17, to);
[Maggs Brothers, Ltd., London].
Private Collection.
[Fl. Tulkens, Brussels, Bookseller, sold 1970 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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