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Aspertini album (so-called London II): Folio 32 recto (drawing numbered 63): The Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome and its bridge
Folio 32 verso (drawing numbered 64): Assorted groups of figures, including a praying monk, set into a townscape with ruins
Recto: black chalk with brown wash
Verso: black chalk with brown 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. 32 recto (no. 63)
According to Bober (1957, p. 87) both this and the verso of the previous sheet may represent Aspertini's elaboration of a sketch of the structure from the period of his visit to Rome in 1500-1503, utilized in the background of the 'Burial of St. Valerian and Tiburzio' in his Bologna fresco at the Oratory of Santa Cecilia. The detail of the shooting cannons from the castle battlements might refer to some celebration in Rome. Aspertini gives particular emphasis to the round tower constructed under pope Alexander VI in 1492 by Sangallo right by the bridge approach. On the left of this, one can discern the arched opening found on the previous drawing (see 1862,0712.424v).
The male figure at the lower right corner, like the two seated women on f. 1862,0712.28v, recall the art of Pisanello. In particular it seems having the same source as a "Workshop of Pisanello" drawing in the Albertina, which is connected also to f. 1862,0712.428 verso (see entry). It is therefore interesting to note the connection between these drawings and Aspertini's much earlier frescoes.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957; M. Faietti-D. Scaglietti, 'Amico Aspertini', Modena 1995, under cat. dip. 19, p. 135.
f. 32 verso (no. 64)
According to Bober (1957, p. 87) the rought sketches of ruins in the distant background apparently include the Septizonium of Septimius Severus.
Groups of figures in the middle and foreground include a praying monk before a crucifix nailed on the wall of a structure on the recto of the following sheet (1862,0712.426r). The lying figure in the front seems related to a River god.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957
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