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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 13 recto (drawing numbered 25): A corpse being dragged away, being adapted from Mantegna's fresco of St Christopher in the Ovetari chapel, church of the Eremitani in Padua
Folio 13 verso (drawing numbered 26): section of a circular building and a loggia with a giraffe in the foreground
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. 13 recto (no. 25)
Inspired by the right half of Mantegna's 'Transportation of St. Christopher's body' at the Eremitani. Other drawings by Aspertini that show Mantegna's influence are the 'Baccanal' in New York (Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, cat. dis. 96, pp. 310-1) and 1862,0712.426 verso in the present drawing book. Aspertini studied the central figures in the scene in a very summary chalk and wash drawing in a horizontal format offered at Sothebys', New York, 27 January 2021, lot 11 (verso).
Bober (1957, p. 81) observes that, for one of such antiquarian bias, Aspertini curiously omits the classical elements of setting present in the original fresco. And in fact, the setting is fairly different from that of Mantegna, as Aspertini chose to have the perspective depth illusion on both side of the composition, rather than only on the right, and the corpse is not that of a giant. It is also interesting to note that in this drawing the figures actually seem to be well integrated within the architectural structures, whereas in many of the other sheets of this album, when figures and architectures are combined, they don't necessarily relate to each other.
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
f. 13 verso (no. 26)
Another version of the arcaded loggia is found on 1862,0712,408v. According to Bober the section of the circular building is loosely based on the Pantheon (1957, p. 81).
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957
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