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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 37 recto (drawing numbered 73): A high rusticated façade of two bays, with statues of two captive barbarians in front
Folio 37 verso (drawing numbered 74): Landscape with Palatine ruins, including the church of San Teodoro and a reference to Raphael
Recto: black chalk, with brown wash, heightened with white (some discolouration)
Verso: black chalk with brown wash, heightened with white (discoloured)
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Height: 219 millimetres
Width: 159 millimetres
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- Watermark: fragmentary along left hand margin, flower?
For comment on the album to which this sheet belongs, see 1862,0712.394
f. 37 recto (no. 73)
Bober (1957, p. 88) notes that the architectural structure is a complete version, with some modifications, of the one found on f. 1862,0712.403. She also believes that the small figures in the foreground are inspired by two Roman statues of captive barbarians (see www.census.de, ID 16140 and ID 16648). While this could be correct, it is also true that both structure and figures are very close to those found in a series of panels in the church of San Girolamo della Certosa in Bologna (see R. Martorelli, in 'Amico Aspertini. Artista bizzarro nell'età di Dürer e Raffaello', exhibition catalogue Bologna 2008/09, pp. 236-7). 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, 423v, 429, 431.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957, fig. 123
f. 37 verso (no. 74)
As noted by Bober (1957, p. 88) the ruins on the background are likely to refer to the Palatine, including the church of San Teodoro at its feet. This drawing is also included in the list by Faietti and Scaglietti (1995, pp. 54 and 103) of drawings showing a restricted view of the Colosseum, although in the same publication (p. 179, n. 3) Scaglietti makes reservations for the present drawing, opting in its case for the Palatine, as Bober had already done (see also comment for 1862,0712.431 verso). The latter observes that the 'Liberation of St Peter' in the middle ground is after Raphael's tapestry cartoon of the same subject.
Lit.: .P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957; M. Faietti-D. Scaglietti, 'Amico Aspertini', Modena 1995
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