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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 12 recto (drawing numbered 23): The tower of Babel with ruins and goats in foreground
Folio 12 verso (drawing numbered 24): Dancing male nudes before a landscape of broken antique statues and columns
Recto and verso: black chalk with brown wash
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Height: 219 millimetres
Width: 159 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For comment on the album to which this sheet belongs, see 1862,0712.394.
f. 12 recto (no. 23)
Bober (1957, p. 80): "Sketch of ruins and the Tower of Babel. In the foreground, three goats and a curious bird. The tower of Babel underlines an impression sustained in all Amico's art: that he was acquainted with Northern works of art."
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957
f. 12 verso (no. 24)
Ruins in a landscape with a male torso at the centre. The latter is similar, but in reverse, to the one appearing at the right of 1862,0712.417 recto (see entry), and it is reminiscent of an untraced male torso recorded by Heemskerck in the cortile of Casa Maffei in Rome circa 1532-1537 (cf. Heemskerck Berlin, Album I, f. 3v; www.census.de; ID 10004735). The nudes in the foreground seem to be part of a wider scene, perhaps a resurrection of the flesh: the figure with the lower body inside the ground is being attended by another figure, and almost all of the others are indicating towards the sky.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957, p. 81.
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