Drawings from the Uffizi - revisited

Two historic groups: The drawings of Jacones e Plautilla Nelli

The first drawings here discussed are those of Jacopo di Giovanni di Francesco, called Jacone. An original artist in terms of his iconographic and stylistic peculiarities, he was a pupil of the Florentine painter Andrea del Sarto, who introduced him to the art of drawing, and it was in this role as a disciple and imitator of Andrea that he was praised by Vasari in the Vite. His corpus of drawings is distinguished by a remarkable variety of techniques and expressive registers. Crucial for the identification of the drawing presented here (Inv. 1061 S) are two additional sheets (Inv. 344 F and 882 F), attributed to Jacone by a manuscript annotation, perhaps by the art historian, antiquarian and connoisseur Filippo Baldinucci (1624-97), and probably to be identified with those cited in the catalogue compiled by Baldinucci himself in 1673. The recent discovery of an autograph inscription by Baldinucci on the verso of sheet 344 F represents a further valuable corroboration of the attribution. On the other hand, the two drawings, attributed in 2008 to Suor Plautilla Nelli, a Dominican nun linked to the circle of Fra’ Bartolommeo, offer an exemplary case of the close relationship between a critical study of the archival sources, technical and stylistic analysis, and palaeographic investigation. The first of these drawings (Inv. 6767F) had been until recently assigned to the Florentine artist Giovanni Antonio Sogliani based on the attribution of Pasquale Nerino Ferri, who in turn followed Bernard Berenson. Detailed recent research, however, showed that the sheet had already appeared under Plautilla Nelli’s name in a late eighteenth-century inventory. Furthermore it bears on its rear side an annotation by Baldinucci, which proves that the drawing was already in the collection and attributed to Plautilla Nelli in the seventeenth century. A corpus of autograph drawings of the Dominican nun having thus been reconstructed on the basis of philological research, it was then possible, on the basis of stylistic comparisons, to attribute to her the sheet Inv. 6860 F.

Jacone, attributed to (1495-1554), Two standing male figures dressed all’antica, Inv. 1061 S

Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), Standing male figure in mantle (pluvial?), Inv. 6767 F

Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), Draped figure kneeling in profile, with right hand stretched forward and the left held to the chin, Inv. 6860 F

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