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Design for a titlepage with Time, Minerva, Poetry and Music; standing around a circular plinth, Time kneeling at left foreground, an hourglass beside him, an angel above looking down on them
Red chalk, with lines indented.
Accompanied by Minerva and Time, the muse of history is shown pointing to an inscription on a pedestal, which gives the title and author of the book. A coat of arms, presumably those of Goutoulas, with two stars and a lamb appears in the upper left corner of the print, just above the trumpet held by Fame, but is only barely discernible in the drawing.
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Height: 285 millimetres
Width: 199 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ann Sutherland Harris thinks the drawing is definitely French: 'the physiognomy of the figures recalls Stella and Laurent de la Hyre'. An impression of the related emgraving is in the BM: 1952,0405.183/ PPA75245
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 327; A. Sutherland Harris, review of Turner 'Roman Baroque Drawings', "Master Drawings", 39, Winter 2001, p. 424
The drawing, whose principal outlines have been indented with the stylus for transfer, is a study in reverse for an engraving by Charles Audran (1594-1674), as noted by Hugo Chapman in June 1998. The engraving served as the frontispiece to the 'Universa Historia Profana in Certa Capita per annorum decadas Digesta', written by the Jesuit Padre Jacques Goutoulas and published in Paris by D. Bechet in 1651-65; it reappeared as the frontispiece to Denos' 'Atlas général et élémentaire pour l'étude de la géographie' of 1769 (Weigert, 1939, I, p. 209, no. 306).
The traditional attribution of the drawing to Romanelli is surely incorrect and, according to Le Blanc, the print is after Jacques Stella (Le Blanc, 1854, I, p. 86, no. 264). Though the drawing might conceivably be by that master or another seventeenth-century French hand, its style is probably more suggestive of a Roman artist, working in the manner of Giovanni Angelo Canini (q.v.), rather than a French one.
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- Listed as Romanelli in departmental register
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