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    • James Bowdoin III( Collector, Boston) - 1811.
    • Bowdoin College Museum of Art( Museum, Brunswick, Maine) 1811- . Bequest
    • Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College
      • Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ( 5/17/1985 - 7/7/1985)
      • Clark Art Institute. ( 9/14/1985 - 10/27/1985)
      • University of Kansas. ( 1/19/1986 - 3/2/1986)
      • Art Gallery of Ontario. ( 5/17/1986 - 6/29/1986)
    • Drawing on Basics
      • Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ( 10/14/1993 - 12/19/1993)
    Type: catalogue
    Author: Henry Johnson
    Document Title: Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Reference: no. 33
    Section Title: Pt. I, The Bowdoin Drawings
    Date: 1885
    Type: catalogue
    Author: Bowdoin College Museum of Art
    Document Title: Bowdoin Museum of Fine Arts, Walker Art Building
    Edition: 4th
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Reference: no. 33
    Publisher: Bowdoin College
    Section Title: Descriptive Catalogue of the . . . 
    Date: 1930
    Type: exhibition catalogue
    Author: David P. Becker
    Document Title: Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Location: pp. 160-161
    Reference: no. 75 (illus.)
    Publisher: Bowdoin College
    Date: 1985

    The Visitation is an example of de' Pietri's characteristic pen and wash style, as is Flight into Egypt (BCMA 1811.25). These two are more resolved and fluid than studies such as The Assumption (BCMA 1811.26), though even here the artist has ventured two alternatives for the head of the mother at lower left. This sheet may be compared with two studies for the Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple, one in the Metropolitan1 and the other in Chicago.2 Both of the latter sheets are larger and have been further heightened with white gouache. No painted versions by de' Pietri of the Visitation are known. The visit by the Virgin just after the Annunciation to her cousin Elizabeth (who was pregnant with St. John the Baptist) is related in Luke 1:39-56.

    1. Inv. no. 1980.122, repr. in Bean and Turčić 1982, p. 316, no. App.15.

    2. Inv. no. 1972.323, repr. in Joachim and McCullagh 1979, no. 93, pl. 100.

    3. Waterhouse 1976, p. 104.

    Commentary credited to David P. Becker (or not otherwise captioned) appeared in his catalogue Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College (Brunswick: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1985).