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Inscription

upper right in brown ink: A.VITELIVS. / GERMAN.IMP. / AUG.P.M.TR.P; across top verso in brown ink: (10 lines of Italian, Latin, and Greek concerning antique medals ot coins); seventeenth century pen "P.P. Rubens/4.3"; later blue chalk "Rubens"

Provenance

Sir Peter Lely [1618-1680] (Lugt 2092), London; Dr. and Mrs. Victor Bloch, London; (sale, London, Sotheby's, 12 November 1964, lot 64); Hallsborough Gallery, London; (sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 1975, lot 194); purchased (cia Yvonne tan Bunzl) by NGA, 1975.

Exhibition History
1978
NGA Master Drawings 1978, p. 44-45.
2014
The Poetry of Light - La poesia della luce: Venetian Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, Museo Correr, Venice, Venice, 2014 - 2015, no. 26.
Bibliography
1971
Disegni veronesi del cinquecento. Exh. cat. Neri Pozza, Venice, 1971: 44-45.

1974
Magagnato, L. 50 ANNI DI PITTURA VERONESE 1580-1630, Verona: 1974: 59, 90-91.
1975
Sotheby's, London, 7/4/75: 194.
1977
Bailey, Stephen Bailey, “Metamorphoses of the Grimani ‘Vitellius’" The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal. 5, 1977: 114