Perugino - A Man Pulling on a Loop, 1480-1500

Workshop of Perugino (Città della Pieve, about 1450 - 1523, Fontignano)

A Man Pulling on a Loop, 1480-1500

Metalpoint on sized paper retouched by a later hand in pencil, backed with antique hand-laid paper, 21.5 x 8.1 cm (8 7/16 x 3 3/16 in.) sheet


Object details

Accession number



Conestabile Collection, Perugia.
Collection of Sir John Charles Robinson (1824–1913), museum curator, collector, and connoisseur, London.
Purchased by the art dealers Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1901-2.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner at auction from Christie's, London on 13 May 1902 for £210 through Thomas Agnew & Sons (Robinson sale, lot 287).


Inscribed in ink (lower left corner): JCR [collector's mark of Sir John Charles Robinson, Lugt 1433]
Inscribed in black chalk (lower right corner): 3
Inscribed in pen and brown ink (verso, upper center): Pietro
Inscribed in black chalk (verso, upper right): 22
Stamped in blue ink (verso, upper right and lower right edge): ISG [in an oval, collector's mark of Isabella Stewart Gardner]
Inscribed (mount rector at bottom): 17 Raffaelle
Inscribed in pencil (mount verso): 287


Christie, Manson and Woods. Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Drawings by Old Masters formed by a Well-known Amateur during the last Forty Years (London, 12-14 May 1902), p. 32, lot 287. (as Raphael, One of the Suitors Breaking his Wand Across his Knee, Study for "Lo Spozalizio")
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), p. 251. (as "An Archer," a contemporary copy of a finished drawing attributed to Perugino in the Albertina Library, Vienna)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 129. (as "Male Figure," Workshop of Perugino)
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). Drawings: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1968), pp. 6, 8-9, no. 4. (as "A Man Pulling on a Loop," Workshop of Perugino)
Hilliard Goldfarb. Italian Renaissance Drawings, Medals, and Books. Exploring Treasures in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum I. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1991), p. 7. (as "A Man Pulling on a Loop," Studio of Perugino)
Hilliard Goldfarb et al. Italian Paintings and Drawings Before 1800 in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1996-2000). (as "A Man Pulling on a Loop," Workshop of Perugino)

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