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Jacopo Bellini album: Crucifixion with Mary Magdalene kneeling at foot of the cross, Virgin Mary at left and St John on the right, the walls of Jerusalem in the background, the composition continued to the left-hand page of the opening, 1855,0811.1.h
Leadpoint, some contours of the Magdalene's drapery on the right touched (later ?) in pen
Verso: Study of lions; including one below walking to right, the composition continued from the right-hand page of the opening, 1855,0811.2 recto
Leadpoint, with (later ?) pen and brown ink and green wash
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Height: 415 millimetres
Width: 335 millimetres
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The 15thC sketchbook was rebound, with the leaves inlaid, in 1886 (see the Keeper Sidney Colvin's Report to the Trustees, 1 July;) the 19thC binding incorporating part of the 15thC covers of decorated leather. The work on the album is reported in 'Returns of BM Accounts' published in 1887: 'The sketch-book of Jacopo Bellini, which in its former condition could not be examined without risk, has been rebound and the leaves inlaid to insure its preservation'. The leaves have additional manuscript numbers I-XCIX, which do not correspond with the register numbers. On the present endpapers are mounted smaller sheets of 18thC Italian decorated paper. The watermark was in use in the Veneto about 1440. See Hugo Chapman, 'Padua in the 1450's, Marco Zoppo and his Contemporaries', BM, 1998, pp.57-59.
Lit.: G. Waagen, 'Treasures of Art in Great Britain, Supplement', London, 1857, pp. 27-30; H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'The Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries', New York, 1944, no. 363, PP. 101-6; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 21, II, pls. XVIII-XIX; C. Eisler, 'The Genius of Jacopo Bellini', New York, 1989, pp. pls 205 (recto) and 9 (verso), Appendix B as 2r and v.
Popham & Pouncey 1950
Literature: C. Ricci, Jacopo Bellini e i suoi libri di disegni, Florence, 1908, and V. Goloubew, Les Dessins de Jacopo Bellini au Louvre et au British Museum, Brussels, 1912 (facsimile reproductions of the whole book); Tietzes, no. 363 (with previous literature).
We cannot agree with the view, held by the Tietzes (following Mrs. Fröhlich-Bum), that the drawings are a miscellaneous collection of studies, drawn at widely different dates and later bound up as a volume. It is unquestionable that compositions extending over a double page, like those on fols. 53V-54, and 54.V-55, were drawn in an already bound book, and there seems no reason for doubting that the remaining sheets also formed part of a book when drawn on. Nor can we agree with the Tietzes' suggestion that some of the drawings may be by Gentile Bellini, or detect signs of the supposed retouching in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries on which they lay stress.
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- See 1855,0811,a.1.
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