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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 30 recto (drawing numbered 59): A triumphal arch with fabulous creatures, a sphinx and nude male figures
Folio 30 verso (drawing numbered 60): Two elaborate buildings with four figures in the foreground
Recto: black chalk with brown wash, heightened with white (partly discoloured)
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. 30 recto (no 59)
As observed by Bober (1957, pp. 85-6) the two fallen nude warriors are based on statues from the "Small Pergamene" dedications (cf. f. 1862,0712.410r). The first copies the 'Dead Gaul' from the Grimani collection in Venice (see www.census.de, ID 16677; Reinach I, 531 - Clarac 872, 4215); the second is based upon the 'Falling Gaul' in the same collection (see www.census.de, ID 211730), drawn in a different view on f. 1862,0712.410r.
The rest of the folio is devoted to various small sketches which include: a lion seated on a high base, a griffin, several crocodiles, a reclining Sphinx (too generalized for identification with any of those in Rome at this period - on the Capitol, in the Galli, Savelli, Cesi or Mattei collections).
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957, fig. 118
f. 30 verso (no. 60)
The Amoretto carrying arms at the bottom right corner is similar to some found on bases of candelabra, like for example one found today in the Uffizi in Florence, but once in the della Valle Collection in Rome (see www.census.de, ID 15707). Bober (1957, p. 86) believes the image continues with the amoretti of the following page. On the left a female herm and, at the centre, a nude male on a pile of armour striving to break fetters that encircle his arms (inscribed "furore") and a nude male figure pointing to his chest and grasping a bunch of leaves (inscribed "amicia"), representations of contrasting personifications, as observed by Bober.
As noted by Martorelli, the building in the background on the right presents festoons hanging at the sides similar to those found on one of the panels found in the church of San Girolamo della Certosa in Bologna (exh. Cat. Bologna 2008/09, n. 73a, pp. 236-7), and both buildings on this drawing are reminiscent of those illustrated on the panels. Other drawings in this album that show an interest in this type of imaginative architecture and remind the panels in Bologna are: 1862,0712.403, 409, 410, 415v, 429, 430, 43.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957; R. Martorelli, in 'Amico Aspertini. Artista bizzarro nell'età di Dürer e Raffaello', exhibition catalogue Bologna 2008/09
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