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Perseus disarming and the origin of coral, an old copy after Giulio Romano, later reworked by Rubens; a mythological creature lying on its back at left, the end of its tail cut off, Perseus seated at centre, two nude maidens at right removing serpent-like hair from a head
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on blue paper
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 392 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing records a composition by Giulio Romano also known through a preparatory study by Giulio himself (see BM inv. no. 1895,0915.645), probably made while he was working on the Camerino dei Cesari in the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. The copy, to judge from the rather pedestrian outlines in pen and ink, was originally an undistinguished replication of Giulio's work by some unknown follower. It was transformed in quality by the vigorous and extensive additions made with the brush. For stylistic reasons the interventions were attributed to Rubens as many drawings reowkred by him in a similar fashion are known, often, as here, by or after Italian artists whose work he especially admired. More recently, however, Wood has argued that it does not have the livelieness of Rubens and instead attributes it to Erasmus Quellinus II.
Lit: J. Rowlands, 'Rubens: Drawings & Sketches', exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 1977, no.50; J. Wood, 'Rubens: Copies and adaptations from Renaissance and Later Artists: Italian Artists; I. Raphael and His School', Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard XXVI.1, vol 2, p.55, n.79 (described as retouched by Erasmus Quellinus by Jeremy Wood).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1962/3 Nov-Sep, BM, Raphael and his Circle (P+G)
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.50
1990 Mar-Sept, BM, Fake?, no.17
1992 Mar-Jun, Canberra, Australian National Gallery, Rubens & Italy, no.76
1992 Jun-Aug, Melbourne, NG of Victoria, Rubens & Italy no.76
2002 Jun-Sep, Edinburgh, N.G.Scotland, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
2002 Sep-Dec, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gall. 'Rubens and Italian Art'
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- Acquisition notes
- Verso inscribed: "B.no.88" and "no.3"
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