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The drunkenness of Noah; the nude figure of Noah slumped at right drinking wine from a jug, his three sons looking away, gathering drapery to put around him, trees beyond
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk
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Height: 362 millimetres
Width: 287 millimetres (upper corners cut)
- Curator's comments
- A study for one of the twenty-one reliefs with Old Testament scenes which Bandinelli was commissioned, but never executed, for the octagonal choir of Florence cathedral. A red chalk life drawing for the figure of Noah is in the Wallraf Richartz Museum, Cologne (inv. Z 3450)
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 112; J. Bean, 'Bayonne, Musée Bonnat: les dessins italiens de la collection Bonnat', Paris, 1960, under no. 3; R.B. Ward, 'A Catalogue of the Drawings by Baccio Bandinelli in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum' (M.A. Report, May 1978, Courtauld Institute, University of London), no. 7; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Florentine drawings of the sixteenth century', 1986, no. 92 (with previous literature); R. Ward, in exhib. cat., Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 'Baccio Bandinelli: Drawings from British Collections', 1988, no. 40; M. Koshikawa and H. Kurita, in exhib. cat., Tokyo and Nagoya, 'Italian 16th and 17th Century Drawings', 1996, no. 13
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
Robinson connected 1895,0915.549 with a picture of the subject mentioned by Vasari (Vasari/Milanesi, vi, p. 139) as having been painted by Bandinelli early in his career (c. 1517), while under the instruction of Rosso, as an exercise in oil painting. This suggestion, however, may be ruled out on account of the drawing's developed style.
On the other hand, Bean has convincingly associated the composition with one in the series of twenty-one reliefs representing scenes from the Old Testament, which Bandinelli was to have executed as part of the decoration of the sides of the new octagonal choir of Florence Cathedral, but which were never carried out (J. Bean, 'Dessins italiens de la collection Bonnat', Paris, 1960, under no. 3).
A red chalk study from a youthful nude model for the pose of Noah is in the Wallraf Richartz Museum, Cologne (inv. no. Z 3450; Ward, 'Art Bulletin of Victoria', no. 23, 1983, pp. 35f.).
The drawing depends for its composition on Michelangelo's scene of the same subject in the Sistine ceiling, but in reverse; the poses of the sons of Noah in particular are inspired by those in Michelangelo's rendering. But Bandinelli's figure of Noah, instead of being a quotation from that in Michelangelo's equivalent scene, recalls the figure reclining on a bed to the right of the 'Crucifixion of Haman', another of the scenes in the Sistine ceiling. Even so, the style of the drawing and the figure types reveal Bandinelli's indebtedness in Rosso.
Literature: JCR 112; Ward, no. 7; Primato del disegno, no. 73.
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- Exhibition history
1980, Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, '16th Century Florentine Drawings', no. 73
1986, BM, '16th Century Florentine Drawings', no. 92
1988 May-July, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 'Bandinelli', no. 40
1996 Feb-Apr, Tokyo, Nat Mus Western Art, Italian Drawings/BM, no. 13
1996 Apr-May, Nagoya, Aichi Pref Mus of Art, Italian Drawings/BM, no. 13
1996, BM, Malcolm Drawings, apx.
2005 May-Sep, Ottawa, NG of Canada, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo...
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