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Aspertini album (so-called London II):
Folio 38 recto (drawing numbered 75): A circular building set below hills with ruins, and five figures
Folio 38 verso (drawing numbered 76): Half of a circular building set amidst antique ruins; numerous figures in the foreground
Recto and verso: black chalk with brown wash, heightened with white (mainly 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. 38 recto (no. 75)
Aspertini's interest in decorative architectural elements and structures can be seen in some painted panels found 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) and the one on this drawing, although loosely inspired by the Pantheon as observed by Bober (1957, p. 88), brings to mind the panel with Pope Gregory VII of that series (cit., cat. 73c). 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, 430.
Lit.: P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London 1957
f. 38 verso (no. 76)
The scene in the foreground is according to Bober (1957, p. 88) taken from an unidentified historical relief or reverse of a coin. The circular structure in the middle seems a collation between a cross section of the Pantheon and the Colosseum.
The building on the background reappears, according to Faietti (Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, pp. 54 and 103), in the following drawings: ff. 1862,0712.421v, 430v and 432v, and in the following paintings and frescoes: 'Adoration of the shepherds' in Berlin, 'Martyrdom of Saints Valeriano and Tiburzio' in Bologna, 'Baptism of Saint Augustin' in Lucca and 'Adoration of the shepherds' in the Uffizi (cit., catt. dip. 2, 19, 24 and 40). She thinks it's a restricted view from the south of the Colosseum, very popular at the time (it can be found in Pinturicchio's fresco in the Sala dei Santi in the Borgia Apartments in the Vatican and in f. 24v of Codex Escurialensis). Scaglietti, discussing the 'Adoration of the shepherds' in Florence (cit., p. 179, n. 3) believes that in the case of f. 1862,0712.430v is more likely to be buildings from the Palatine, as it had been observed by Bober. In the case of 1862,0712.432v, on the other hand, we find a different view of the Colosseum.
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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