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Inscription

by Parmigianino?, at lower left in brown ink (on the cross-section of the sculpture): p[er] ch[é] dann'amore facto o mai/sì certo qual manifesta c[os]/tanza né può senza/tentar; at lower right: san[?] pena [several words crossed out]/cori parole scolto diSscer eo; at bottom right in another hand: Angelo

Provenance

Mrs. E. E. James (sale, Sotheby's, London, 16 May 1962, no. 161, as B. Bandinelli); bought by Williams; Hans Calmann, London, by 1965; David Daniels, New York, 1965 (sale, Sotheby's, London, 25 April 1978, no. 16, as Anonymous Florentine, 16th Century); NGA purchase via David Tunick, New York, 1978.

Exhibition History
1974
Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings: Form and Function, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 1974, no. 10 (as attributed to Benvenuto Cellini).
2000
Correggio and Parmigianino, Master Draughtsmen of the Renaissance, British Museum, London, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000-2001, no. 52 (entry by Martin Clayton).
2014
Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors' Drawings from Renaissance Italy. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 183-185, no. 22 (color)(as Italian, 16th century [Raffaello da Montelupo?])(entry by Linda Wolk-Simon).
Bibliography
2001
Ekserdjian, David. "Parmigianino and the Antique." Apollo (July 2001): 44, fig. 6.
2002
Turner, Nicholas. "Le periferie del corpus graphicum del Parmigianino. Problemi di attribuzioni incerti fra gli specialisti." In Parmigianino e il manierismo europeo. Atti del convegno internazionale di studi. Parma, 13-15 giugno 2002, a cura di L. Fornari Schianchi. Milan, 2002: 229, fig. 4 (as possibly by Jacopo di Giovanni di Francesco, called Jacone).
2002
Vaccaro, Mary. Review of "Correggio and Parmigianino. Master Draftsmen of the Renaissance." Master Drawings 40, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 259.
2004
Thimann, Michael. "Jüngere literatur zur Parmigianino. Ein Forschungsbericht." Journal für Kunstgeschichte 8, no. 3 (2004): 232.
2007
Gnann, Achim. Parmigianino: Die Zeichnungen. Petersberg, 2007, 1: 405, no. 336; 2: 285, repro.