Two fourth-generation Florentine art dealers are bringing recently discovered drawings to New York to be displayed as part of the 2017 Master Drawings New York.


The annual weeklong drawing exhibition held in 24 galleries across the city, opening on January 20, 2017, is the most important showcase for art dealers specializing in drawings, watercolors and oil sketches, and includes pieces from the fourteenth to the twentieth century.


Florentine gallery Mattia and Maria Novella Romano will feature at the exhibit at Arader Galleries, at New York’s 1016 Madison Avenue, revealing two previously unpublished drawings from private collections: a Cherubino Alberti sketch of the beheading of St. John the Baptist and a red chalk depiction of a seated, nude male by Taddeo Zuccari.


Zuccari’s impressive anatomical study, created between 1553 and 1556 was an early design of an evangelist for the Cappelli Mattei in Rome’s Santa Maria della Consolazione Church.


The display will also include a newly found drawing by art historian Marco Simone Bolzoni at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York. The piece portrays St. Mark and David holding the head of Goliath and was drawn by Italian mannerist painter Giuseppe Cesari, known as Cavalier d’Arpino. 


Mattia and Maria Novella Romano have carried on the tradition of their great-grandfather, art collector and antiquarian Salvatore Romano. His collection of sculptures, architectural decorations and detached frescoes, dating from the Roman age to the seventeenth century, were donated to the City of Florence in 1946 as part of the Fondazione Salvatore Romano - Cenacolo di Santo Spirito.


Other Italian pieces on display in the New York showcase will include a pen-and-ink, octagonal drawing by sixteenth-century artist Giorgio Vasari, best known for his biographical chronicle Lives of the Artists.

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