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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 26 recto (drawing numbered 51): Studies of architectural details, and two heads
Folio 26 verso (drawing numbered 52): Architectural studies, a head, a herm, a mask and a nude figure
Recto and verso: black chalk with brown wash
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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. 26 recto (no. 51)
Bober believes that the Doric entablature and the part of pilaster with the rosette is, similarly to the previous sheet, loosely based on a drawing that served as model for f.61 of the so-called Coner sketchbook by Bernardo della Volpaia of 1520-25 (f. 61, see www.census.de, ID 205978) and details are ultimately based on the Basilica Aemilia in the Roman Forum.
As observed by Faietti-Scaglietti (1995, p. 84), the expression of the female figure on the foreground is close to that of both Apollo and Diana in the 'Sala dell'Astronomia' frescoed in Castello Isolani at Minerbio (see cit, cat. dip. 49, pp. 196-203 and "Amico Aspertini, artista bizzarro nell'età di Dürer e Raffaello", exhibition catalogue Bologna 2008-09, pp.248-51). For other drawings in relation with that cycle of frescoes see entries from 1862,0712.395 to 400.
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. 26 verso (no. 52)
Bober refers to the architectural renderings of this sheet as reminiscent of the Pompeian fourth style wall decoration (1957, p. 85).
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957
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