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Four figures from a flagellation, including a soldier or guard at r, a nude male seen from behind with his arms raised above his head and the figure of Christ at the far l
Black chalk, the sheet pricked with a different design
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Height: 323 millimetres
Width: 279 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The pricked outline is part of an heraldic lion rampant. The sheet is the r hand side of the composition continued in 1895,0915.603 representing Signorelli's fresco of the Flagellation of Christ in the church of San Crescentino, Morra in Umbria. Pounced onto the page from an original drawing.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 167; B. Berenson, 'The Drawings of the Florentine Painters', Chicago, 1938, II, no. 2509 N-1, p. 337; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 247 (with previous literature); C. Van Cleave, 'Luca Signorelli as a Draughtsman', unpublished D.Phil. diss., Oxford, 1995, no. B8, p. 201; C C. Bambach, 'Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300-1600, Cambridge, 1999, p. 304, fig. 305 (with incorrect registration number)
Popham & Pouncey 1950
This drawing and 1895,0915.603 correspond with the fresco of the 'Flagellation of Christ' in the church of S. Crescentino, Morra (K. der K. 5). 1895,0915.604 is cut on the 1. so that half of the figure of Christ is missing. The two background figures on the r. of the fresco, the figure immediately to the l. of Christ, and the judge's legs and throne are also missing. The fresco is dated by Venturi and Dussler quite early, but its style, as Berenson and others have remarked, points unmistakably to the period of the Orvieto frescoes or later, about 1510. A very similar drawing corresponding with part of the Orvieto 'Resurrection' is catalogued, 1946,0713.220. These three sheets are transfers or tracings, almost certainly contemporary, from drawings by Signorelli. For what purpose they were made it is difficult to say.
Literature: JCR 167; BB 2509N-1; Van Marle, xvi, p. 105.
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