The Virgin and Child, St. Sebastian, and a Bishop
early 16th century
Ugo da Carpi (Italian, active about 1502–1532)
Bartsch XII.066.26, i/ii
Sheet: 40.4 x 30.8 cm (15 7/8 x 12 1/8 in.)(with the borderline showing all around)
Medium or Technique
Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from four blocks, in three shades of brown and black
Not On View
Bartsch notes the initials “FBV” that appear on the Andreani printing, done in 1605, which he says stand for Federico Barocci (1535-1612). Given the dates of the two artists, if this print is by Ugo da Carpi, it cannot be after Barocci; and conversely, if it is after Barocci, it cannot be by Ugo.
Verso of backing sheet, lower center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)
Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna, Prague (b. 1836 - d. 1909), Prague. Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1849 - d. 1910), Boston; by inheritance to his children, Mary Farwell (neé Ayer) Rousmanière (b. 1878 - d. 1935), NY, NY, Nathaniel Farwell Ayer (b. 1879 - d. 1948), Boston, Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1882 - d. 1963), Boston, and Elizabeth (neé Ayer) Inches (b. 1891 - d. ?); December 31, 1921, their gift to the MFA.
Gift of the Children of Dr. James B. Ayer