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Reclining couple making love, two herms and drapery behind, after Raimondi; corresponding to Aretino's Sonnet 1
Brush drawing in grey wash, over red chalk
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Height: 165 millimetres
Width: 218 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 1868,0328.376-395 are based on Marcantonio Raimondi's lost series of engravings of 'I Modi', which were based on designs by Giulio Romano. Pietro Aretino later wrote sonnets to accompany them. The series was suppressed by Pope Clement VII and only nine fragmentary engravings survive in the BM (see 1972,U.1306-1314; also R. Aste, 'Guilio Romano as designer of erotica' in 'Guilio Romano, Master Designer, ex.cat., New York, Hunter College, 1999). Traditionally regarded as the originals, the BM fragments may in fact be pieces from a replacement print series made after Marcantonio by Agostino Veneziano.
The fullest discussion of the 'Modi' is by James Grantham Turner in 'Print Quarterly', December 2004, pp.363-84. There are two sets of these 'copies' by Waldeck, which are based on copies after the surviving fragments and which contain some added fabrications by Waldeck himself. One set is in the BN in Paris (Res.Ae 52), and the other in London. They are closely related, the London set lacking some details of the Paris set. A set of Waldeck's photographs of the London drawings is kept with the Paris set, and is reproduced by Lynne Lawner, 'I Modi', Milan, 1984.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 -2019, 6 Sep - 20 Jan, London, BM, G35, I Object
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