GIOVANNI, called NINO, COSTA (Rome 1826 - Marina di Pisa 1903) FEMALE NUDE RECLINING. On the verso a standing female nude
Black chalk, on wove beige paper; 240 x 490 mm. The drawing is preparatory to the figure of Leda as appears in the painting by Costa Leda e il Cigno (1900).
PROVENANCE: Costa's heirs; Liberio Merolli, Rome; Private collection.
EXHIBITIONS and LITERATURE:
Galleria Milano, Il contesto dannunziano, catalogue of the exhibition, Milan December 1981-February 1982; p. 17, reproduced, p. 53.
Trenta disegni di Nino Costa, catalogue of the exhibition at the Permanente, Milan, 3-27 June 1982; no. 26, reproduced.
Galleria Narciso, Nino Costa, Turin 2-31 October 1982; no. 44.
Galleria Il Gotico, Nino Costa, Piacenza November 1982; no. 44.
Sala Margana, Opere di Nino Costa, exhibition catalogue, Rome, December 2004; pages 38-39, no 28, reproduced.
Il pittore e patriota Nino Costa. Novità e aggiornamenti. Milan Hettabretz, 20-27 May 2011, no. 7 (Studio Paul Nicholls online catalogue).