Anonymous 16th century artist A PAIR OF STUDIES AFTER A SCULPTURE OF A PANTHER
Both in pen and brown ink over traces in black chalk. a) 123 x 161 mm., irregular; b) 116 x 106 mm., inscribed in pen 'fogli 149'.
The handling and the kind of subject of these drawings are all reminiscent of the copies after antique sculpture drawn by Northern artists in Rome in the 16th century. But the sculpture which was the source of the these two studies was a Renaissance work: a female panther known in many variants cast in bronze (my warmest thanks to Susanna Zanuso for this information).