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The Jacopo Bellini album: the Three Living encountering the Three Dead, three mounted huntsmen, two with hawks on their gloves, looking at a grave with a decomposing corpse addressing them and another in a shroud to the right, the landscape continued to the left-hand page of the opening, 1855,0811.48 verso
Leadpoint, the rear of the dog touched (? later) with pen
Verso: Three men in a courtyard, one with a staff, with a man and a child fleeing at the left, the composition continued from the scene on the right-hand page of the opening, 1855,0811.50 recto
Leadpoint, some of the architecture drawn with the aid of a ruler
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Height: 415 millimetres
Width: 336 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1855,0811.1 for a description of the volume.
The recto is inspired by a XIIIc French poem which relates how three young wealthy aristocrats (a duke, a count and a prince) meet three corpses of ecclesiatics in various stages of decomposition. The dead urge the living to repent. In the drawing the third corpse is presumably unseen in the grave.
The drawing on the verso is one of the best intergrated, and thus visually most successful, extensions of the scene on the other side. Only the failure to marry the background architecture reveals that it was not intended fron the outset as a double-page drawing.
Lit.: C. Eisler, 'The Genius of Jacopo Bellini', New York, 1989, pls 126 (recto) and 121 (verso), Appendix B as 50r and v.
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- See 1855,0811,a.1.
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