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A man leading a horse, after Polidoro da Caravaggio; whole-length to front, the man looking round to right
Brush drawing in brown wash, with some pen and brown ink, heightened with white, over black chalk, on grey-brown prepared paper
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Height: 425 millimetres
Width: 234 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Copy of a detail from a frieze by Polidoro on the façade of the Palazzo Milesi in Rome.
Literature: J.C. Robinson, ‘Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.’, London, 1876, no. 212 (as Polidoro); P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, no. 225, II, pl. 196; L. Ravelli, 'Polidoro Caldara da Caravaggio', Bergamo, 1978, no. 712; B. Ducos (ed.)., "L'Europe de Rubens", exh. cat. Musée du Louvre-Lens, Lens, 2013, cat.no. 73.
Pouncey & Gere 1962
Attributed to Polidoro in the Malcolm Catalogue. Hind pointed out that the drawing is a copy by Rubens, and referred to an anonymous engraving after Polidoro in which this group occurs. The engraving reproduces the centre part of a frieze painted by Polidoro on the façade of the Palazzo Milesi in the via della Maschera d'Oro, Rome. This frieze, running immediately above the ground floor, was much copied: it was engraved by, among others, G. B. Galestruzzi (B. xxi, p. 58, 16-20) and J. Sanraedam (B. iii, p. 231, 33), and there is also an engraving of the whole façade by E. Maccari ('Graffiti e chiaroscuri esistenti nell'esterno delle case', Berlin-Rome, n.d., pl. 37). Traces of the paintings on this façade still survive.
Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings & Sketches, BMP, 1977
This is a copy by Rubens after a detail of the frieze by Polidoro da Caravaggio, immediately above the ground floor on the façade of the Palazzo Milesi in the Via della Maschera d'Oro, Rome. Now only traces of the decoration are to be seen. But fortunately the decorative scheme, and in particular the frieze, were much copied, and it was engraved by G. B. Galestruzzi and J. Sanraedam amongst others.
The 1996-7 Malcolm Exhibition label text:
Rubens was in Italy from 1600-1608 and studied works of the Antique as well as the Italian Renaissance. Here he followed in his own style part of a fresco by Polidoro on the façade of the Palazzo Milesi in Rome.
Rubens was the most successful and influential painter of the Flemish Baroque. Following his return from Italy to Antwerp in 1608, he was regularly employed by the major crowned heads of Europe, including Charles I, Louis XIII, Maria dei Medici and Philip IV.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1962/3 Nov-Sep, BM, Raphael and his Circle (P+G)
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.32
1977 Oct-Dec, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 'Rubens in Italy', no. 78a
1996/7 Sep-Jan, BM, Malcolm Collection, no.78
2000 Mar-Jun, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizione, 'Roma Antica e Moderna'
2002 Jun-Sep, Edinburgh, N.G. Scotland, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
2002 Sep-Dec, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gall, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
2009/10 Nov-Jan BM, P&D, 'Rubens Drawings' (no cat.)
2013 May-Sep, Louvre Lens, 'Rubens et l'Europe'
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