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Navicella (recto) Two Drawings of Ships (verso)

Navicella (recto) Two Drawings of Ships (verso)

c. 1410s

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Parri Spinelli

(Italian, 1387–c. 1453)

Pen and brown ink (iron gall)

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.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1961.38



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.

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