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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 6 recto (drawing numbered 11): Three figures copied from the Ferrarese pack of so-called Tarot cards, one labelled 'octavaspera', the others 'geometria' and 'Thalia'
Folio 6 verso (drawing numbered 12): Three more copies of Tarot cards, labelled 'euterpe', 'urania' and 'estologia', with putti and instruments below
Recto and verso: black chalk, coloured wash, heightened with white (partly discoloured)
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Height: 219 millimetres
Width: 159 millimetres
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- For comment on the album to which this sheet belongs, see 1862,0712.394.
f. 6 recto (no. 11)
The figures on this and the next sheet are a very free derivation from the so called "Tarocchi del Mantegna", a very successful cycle of engravings elaborated in Ferrara by an anonymous engraver known as Master E. Is difficult to establish weather these drawings are preparatory for the frescoes of the Sala dell'Astronomia in Minerbio, as suggested by Bober (1957, pp. 10, 79), or weather they are a rielaboration of the prints then used at a later stage in the frescoes with even more liberty, as tentatively suggested by Faietti-Scaglietti (1995, p. 84). A connection to the frescoes would in any case fit well with the dating of this drawing-book (1535-40) and the possibility that also the previous sheets are connected to the frescoes in Castello Isolani at Minerbio (see entries 1862,0712.394-398). See both Bober and Faietti-Scaglietti for further comments about the iconography of the figures and the most recent contribution by Scaglietti in the Bologna exhibition catalogue (2008-09, pp. 248-51).
On this drawing 'Octavaspera', 'Geometria' and 'Thalia' (respectively loosely based on Bartsch XIII.130.65; XIII.126.41 and XIII.124.33; BM 1845,0825.359, 1845,0825.311, 1845,0825.295). As observed by Bober, the figure of 'Octavaspera' seems also partly based on the Tarocco card representing the 'Primo Mobile' (B. XIII.138.66, BM 1842,0806.22).
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957; M. Faietti - D. Scaglietti Kelescian , 'Amico Aspertini', Modena 1995; D. Scaglietti in 'Amico Aspertini. Artista bizzarro nell'età di Dürer e Raffaello', exhibition catalogue Bologna 2008-09.
f. 6 verso (no. 12)
See entry for recto. On this drawing 'Euterpe', 'Urania' and 'Estologia' at the top, respectively loosely based on B. XIII.125.35; XIII.133.29 and XIII.135.46 (BM 1845,0825.299, 1895,0915.12, 1895,0915.29).For the lower tier Bober suggests a comparison with the reverse of a medal by Giovanni Boldù, whose iconography is part of an Italian tradition in the representation of Youth and Death (see H.W. Janson, 'The Putto with the Death's Head', in "Art Bulletin" 1937, pp. 423-49, fig. 7). See both Bober and Faietti-Scaglietti for further comments about the iconography of the figures and the most recent contribution by Scaglietti in the Bologna exhibition catalogue (2008-09, pp. 248-51). Faietti-Scaglietti (1995, p. 84) believe the figure of Urania on this sheet to be close to the one in the Sala dell'Astronomia in Minerbio, and Scaglietti (2008-09, p. 250) thinks this is without doubt a preparatory drawing for the fresco.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957; M. Faietti - D. Scaglietti Kelescian ,'Amico Aspertini', Modena 1995; D. Scaglietti in 'Amico Aspertini. Artista bizzarro nell'età di Dürer e Raffaello', exhibition catalogue Bologna 2008-09.
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