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A procession of lictors, retouched by Rubens; two men at left seen from behind
Pen and brown ink, with brown and green wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, on blue paper
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Height: 164 millimetres
Width: 420 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- As Vincenzo Farinella pointed out on the basis of Giorgio Vasari's description, this is a study for one of the scenes of the life of Furius Camillus frescoed by the young Taddeo Zuccaro on the façade of Palazzo Mattei, Rome in 1548. Drawings related to the same series are in the BM (1952,0121.73 and 1946,0713.579); the Louvre and in the Getty Museum (ex-Gere collection) and elsewhere; see Acidini Luchinat, I, pp. 17-20 for Farinella's diagram of the decoration and illustrations of a number of the drawings. This and 1946,0713.579 along with studies in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (127), formerly Gere collection now J.Paul Getty Museum (96.GB.329; no. 32 and illustrated in colour on p. 48 of Getty 2007 catalogue)and the Louvre (10880; no. 33 and illustrated in colour on p. 48 of Getty catalogue) are most likely related to the scene of Camillus' triumphal procession painted on the top floor of the side elevation of the palace. No trace of Zuccaro's painted decoration of the palace remains.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq', London, 1876, no. 584 (as Rubens); P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, no. 288, II, pl. 271; J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 325; V. Farinella, 'Fatti di Furio Camillo', "Ricerche di Storia dell'Arte", 1986, 30, pp. 43-60; C. Acidini Luchinat, 'Taddeo e Federico Zuccari, fratelli pittori del cinquecento', Milan, 1998, I, pp. 18 and 22, n. 75
Gere & Pouncey 1983
Ottley's very sensible attribution to Perino del Vaga "touched by Rubens" was abandoned in the Lawrence Gallery Catalogue in favour of one to Rubens "in the style of Polidoro". This opinion was followed by Robinson; and in spite of Colvin's protest "jamais de la vie" in the annotated copy of the Malcolm Collection Catalogue, by Rooses and by Hind. Popham, who independently reached the same conclusion as Ottley, that this is a sixteenth-century Italian drawing retouched by Rubens, attributed it to the Cavaliere d'Arpino. The original drawing is certainly by Taddeo Zuccaro, however, belonging to the same period as 1946,0713.579, and likewise probably a study for one of his early Polidoresque façade decorations. It was included in the volume devoted to Raphael and his Circle for the same reason as 1946,0713.579.
An old copy of the left-hand part of the composition is in Düsseldorf (FP 172).
Literature: JCR 584; Lawrence Gallery, First [Rubens] Exhibition, 1836, no. 12; M. Rooses, L'Oeuvre de P.P. Rubens, Antwerp, v, 1892, no. 1396; A.M. Hind, Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch and Flemish Artists ...in the British Museum, ii, 1923, p. 20, no. 48; BM Raphael, no. 288; M. Jaffé, MD, iii (1965), p. 25; Gere 103.
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- Exhibition history
2002 June-Sep, Edinburgh, N.G. Scotland, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
2002 Sep-Dec, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gall, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
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