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Navicella (recto) Two Drawings of Ships (verso)
c. 1410s
(Italian, 1387–c. 1453)
Sheet: 27.2 x 37.2 cm (10 11/16 x 14 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 32.8 x 42.8 cm (12 15/16 x 16 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Once attributed to the Italian painter Giotto (about 1267-1337), this drawing is the oldest sheet in the Cleveland museum's collection. We now know it to be a copy by Parri Spinelli after a mosaic Giotto designed for the portico of the church of Old St. Peter's in Rome.
  • Giorgio Vasari (according to Richardson, Ottley, Kurz, Virch, Collobi). Jonathan Richardson Sr., London (Lugt 2183, lower right, in black ink); [his sale, 28 January 1747, no. 68]; Sir Joshua Reynolds, London (Lugt 2364, lower right, in black ink); [probably his sale, 15 March 1798, no. 967]. C. M. Metz, Rome and London. W. Young Ottley, London. [Sale, 11 June 1814, no. 622]; possibly Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445, incomplete blind stamp, lower left); Samuel Woodburn, London; [his sale, Christie's, London, 12 June, 1860, no. 1230, as Giotto, Calling of St. Peter); Gase, Paris (from annotated sale catalogue). Marquess of Northampton, Castle Ashby; [Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd., London].
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    Schmitt, Annegrit, Bernhard Degenhart, and Giuseppe Fiocco. Disegni del Pisanello e di maestri del suo tempo. Venezia: N. Pozza, 1966. Reproduced: p. 22, cat. no. 15
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 57 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 57 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 65 archive.org
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Diane DeGrazia, and Carter E. Foster. Master Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art in association with Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2000. Mentioned: P. 8, 18-21, 283; Reproduced: P. 19, cat. no. 1
    Bresciani, Aristide."Brevi Cenni Sulla Tarda Attivitá di Spinello de Luca." In "In nome di buon pittore" Spinello e il suo tempo: atti della giornata di studio in memoria di Luciano Bellosi: Arezzo, 8 novembre 2011. Firenze: Edifir edizioni Firenze, 2016 Mentioned: 124-125; Reproduced: p. 124
    Bresciani, Aristide. Spinello di Luca detto Aretino. 2021, 247. Mentioned and reproduced; p. 247, fig, 67.
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    Collection of Marquess of Northampton from Castle Ashby. Christie's, London 1959.
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