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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 12th opening
left (1898,1123.3(12) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(13) recto) with men on horseback hunting bulls followed by ox cart (upper part of opening) and fighting centaurs (lower part of opening) c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, grey wash, some touches of white heightening, over black chalk, on vellum prepared with a grey wash
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
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- The model for the drawing of the upper tier was a sarcophagus relief then in the cloister of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Bober does not identify any other drawing of it and the original has seemingly disappeared, but she establishes the identification of the sarcophagus from a description of Pirro Ligorio (H. Dessau, 'Roemische Reliefs beschrieben von Pirro Ligorio', in "Sitzungsberichte der Koeniglich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin", XL, 1883, pp. 1094-5, no. 18). The lower tier is a Centauromachia which Aspertini had already drawn in his earlier Wolfegg Codex , f. 42v-43, from a lost sarcophagus, possibly seen in Rome by the artist in the house of the Florentine citizen Agnolo Doni (Bober 1957, p. 55 and Schweikhart 1986, pp. 100-1). The subject is also on f. 1898,1123.3.8 and in a drawing in the Uffizi (Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, cat. dis. 87r, pp. 302-3).
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 11v-12, pp. 55, 57; G. Schweikhart, 'Der Wolfegg Codex. Zeichnungen nach der Antike von Amico Aspertini', London, 1986, pp. 101; M. Faietti- D. Scaglietti Kelescian, 'Amico Aspertini', Modena, 1995, under cat. dis. 87, pp. 302-3.
For images of the codex Wolfegg see www.census.de id 60826
For a general introduction to the sketchbook see 1898,1123.3.1
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