Attributed to Francesco PENNI (1488 – 1528)
Study for a fresco
Pen and brown ink, brown wash heightened with white on prepared paper
14 x 12 cm
On the mount, handwriting inscription «Francesco Penni dit le Fattore ».
On the back, handwriting with ink « Acheté à F…/ P. Collin ».
P. Collin, Lugt L. 454 ;
The present drawing proceeds from Penni’s graphic elegance. Born in Florence to a family of weavers, Penni entered Raphael's workshop very early in his life, and collaborated with him on several works, including the famous Rooms of the Vatican Palace, as well as the frescoes of Villa Farnesina, both in Rome. After the premature death of Raphael, Penni collaborated with Giulio Romano to the completion of works such as the Hall of Constantine, the Transfiguration, the
Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin (1525) in Monteluce, and the Palazzo Te of Mantua. Penni also provided designs for the tapestries of the life of Christ for Clement VII for the decoration of the Sala del Concistoro in the Vatican.
In 1526, he left Rome and joined back up with Giulio Romano, who had arrived in Mantua in 1524. According to Vasari, he was not well received in Mantua (though he did work with Romano on the frescoes at the Palazzo Te) and so soon began a long journey to Naples via Lombardy and Rome.He died in Naples in 1528.