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(Italian, 1387–c. 1453)
Pen and brown ink (iron gall)
Support: Beige(1) laid paper, tipped on to cream-yellow wove paper
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.b
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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