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Dawn; a female figure seated with her legs crossed, and her right hand raised above her head
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
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Height: 189 millimetres
Width: 213 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: J.C. Robinson, ‘Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.’, London, 1876, no. 203; P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, no. 80
Pouncey & Gere 1962
The composition is repeated with slight variations (chiefly in the l.-hand putto and in showing the woman's r. foot resting on somebody's head) in a rectangular stucco relief in the Sala dei Fauni of the Appartamentino dei Grotteschi of the Palazzo del Te. Two other rectangular reliefs in the same room bear the same relation to two other spandrel-shaped drawings by Giulio, both at Chatsworth: 'Apollo leading the Horses of the Sun' (case 32, no. 122; Hartt, fig. 351), for a l.-hand spandrel, and 'Night' (case 4, no. 91; 'OMD', xii (1937/38), pl. 23) for a r.-hand spandrel. These reliefs appear to be considerably later than the period of Giulio, perhaps even as late as the eighteenth century, and are evidently based on some destroyed part of the decoration of the Palace. If 'Apollo leading the Horses of the Sun' can be interpreted as 'Day', there was presumably at one time a fourth, l.-hand, spandrel representing 'Evening'.
Literature: JCR 203; BM Guide, 1895, no. 155; Hartt 216.
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