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The Lamentation over the dead Christ; the body of Christ propped up, half-seated, surrounded by mourning figures, including one crouched in the foreground kissing his feet
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on light brown prepared paper
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Height: 145 millimetres
Width: 177 millimetres (oval)
- Curator's comments
- A.E. Popham first suggested that this was related to Polidoro, traditionally it was ascribed to Pellegrino Munari. Gere and Pouncey thought that it was either a clumsy copy of a lost work by Polidoro or an independent effort by one of his less talented followers.
Lit.: G. Waagen, 'Treasures of Art in Great Britain, Supplement', London, 1857, p. 32 (as Pellegrino da Modena); J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, I, no. 377, II, pl. 365
Gere & Pouncey 1983
Attributed to Pelligrino Munari [see inscription] and so classed until 1962, in spite of Popham's pencilled annotation: "Probably Polidoro Caldara". Dr K. Oberhuber suggested that the drawing might preserve a Polidoro composition. We agree that the poses of some of the figures and even the handling echo Polidoro, but find the total effect unsatisfactory: the drawing is either a misunderstood and clumsy copy of a lost work by him, or an independent effort by one of his less talented followers. Traces of'framing-lines show that the oval shape was intentional.
Literature: BM Raphael, p. xvii.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Gere & Pouncey 1983
J. Richardson, sen.: Inscr. on back of mount: "Zc. 33./P.44./I".
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