Vincenzo Leonardi (Italian, fl.1621-1646), Citron, Citrus medica L.:whole and half - fruit with an apical pellet
Vincenzo Leonardi (Italian, fl.1621-1646)
Citron, Citrus medica L.:whole and half - fruit with an apical pellet
Watercolor and gouache with gum heightening over black chalk
Paper size: 12 x 16 in
Provenance: dal Pozzo; Albani; George III, by descent to George V; London art market (Mendelson); James R.
Herbert Boone; Sotheby’s (New York), 16 September 1988, lot 148
Literature: D. Freedberg & E. Baldini, The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo: A Catalogue
Raisonne. Part One - Citus Fruit (London, 1997), Plate 77
Not reproduced in Ferrari’s Hesperides, this drawing shows a large, yellow citron with a ballshaped apical appendage, perhaps an hypertrophic nipple or a protruded secondary fruitlet. A lanceolate, serrate leaf, with a wingless petiole, is also represented. The half-fruit shows a very thick mesocarp surrounding small, yellow, seeded segments around a large axis.
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