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Two wrestlers about to grapple Black chalk, squared for transfer
- Height: 101 millimetres
- Width: 131 millimetres
Lit: J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 89
Gere & Pouncey 1983
1956,1013.8-20 bore no attribution when acquired, but Daniele's authorship is established by the obvious homogeneity of the group combined with the fact that three of the drawings in it (1956,1013.13-14; 1976,0515.2) are studies for paintings known to be by him.
'Aeneas and Mercury' and 'David and Goliath', for which 1956,1013.13; 1976,0515.2 and 1956,1013.14 respectively are studies, were both commissioned by Giovanni della Casa and are probably datable as late as 1555-6 (see 1976,0515.2). On the other hand, there is some resemblance - though of a very general kind - between 1956,1013.8-11, which are all evidently studies for figures or groups of figures in some kind of disputation scene, and one of the compositions in the Palazzo Massimi frieze (repr. 'Burlington', cviii (1966), p. 403) datable probably as early as 1543-5.
Literature: Barolsky, Daniele, 1979, p. 115.
Italian Roy XVIc
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era. Gere & Pouncey 1983 Though only eight (1956,1013.8-10; 1956,1013.16; 1956,1013.12-14; 1976,0515.2) of this group of fourteen black chalk figure-studies bear the collector's mark of Ferruccio Asta (L.116a), the late Mr Max de Beer informed us that they were all acquired by him directly from that source, together with the sheet of studies for Aeneas and his attendant now in the Rijksmuseum, discussed under 1976,0515.2, and another drawing now in a Swiss private collection. (Also in the group and likewise stamped with the Asta mark was the small black chalk sketch by Michelangelo for Aeneas and his attendant, now in the Seilern Collection.) On six of the group were attached the printed labels of the Baron H. de Landau Collection (L.1334c), stamped with the following numbers: "103" (1956,1013.19), "104" (1956,1013.17), "1062 (1956,1013.11), "107" (1956,1013.15), "108" (1956,1013.20), "554" (1956,1013.18). Since the group has clearly always been kept together, the whole of it must at one time have been in the Landau Collection.
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