- Museum number
Studies of three cinerary altars.
Left: All of front and right of altar drawn.
Centre: Part of altar drawn.
Right: Part of a garland, ram's head, birds, etc.
Below: Birds pecking at a grasshopper.
Verso: Funerary altar, dated ca. 81 A.D., with figures of Somnus and Fortuna-Nemesis.
Brown ink over pencil indic. on white.
- Curator's comments
- The original of the centre drawing is in London, British Museum, formerly in the Villa Cesi.
The original of the verso drawing is in Rome, Villa Torlonia-Albani (ex Cesi Coll.).
See the extensive list in Ch. Huelsen, Roemische Antikengaerten, p. 12, no. 9, figs. 6 f.
By the end of the seventeenth century, this gravestone had passed from the Cesi Collection to the Palazzo Massimi-Albani alle Quattro Fontane.
The figure of Somnus perhaps provided the inspiration for that figure at the upper right of the drawing of the circle of Pisanello, showing the "Tiber" (Tigris) of the Capitol (Hill, in PSBR, III, 1906, p. 300, fig. 3, pl. XXXI,1), although the motive is not infrequent on sarcophagi.
[this information from: C. C. Vermeule, The Dal Pozzo-Albani Drawings in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the British Museum (type-written manuscript in G&R)]
No. 348 recto:
Cf. W. Stenhouse, Ancient Inscriptions [= F. Haskell, A. MacGregor, J. Montagu (eds.), The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonné. Series A Part VII - Antiquities and Architecture (London 2002)], pp. 186-187 no. 98.
No. 348 verso:
Cf. Stenhouse, pp. 188-189 no. 99.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Vol.II, fol. 35, no. 348 (Franks)