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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 22nd opening
left (1898,1123.3(22) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(23) recto) with Amazonomachy frieze, battle between Greeks and the legendary female warriors the Amazons, on left of right-hand page the Greek leader Achilles wrestles with the Amazon queen Penthesilea c. 1535
Black chalk, brown wash, on vellum
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
- Curator's comments
- For Bober this opening is problematic in so far as the antique source is concerned, as the composition bears very few points of resemblance to sarcophagi of the type. The group to the left of Achilles - an amazon stepping over a corpse to defend herself against a charging Greek horseman - is closely paralleled on the sarcophagus recorded by Aspertini in SS. Cosma e Damiano (see f. 1898,1123.3.20), yet the motive does not appear on preserved Penthesilea reliefs. For the extreme right portion of the scene a possible prototype can be found in a fragment of a Penthesilea sarcophagus re-used in a 17th century pasticcio of the Palazzo Lancellotti (D. Grassinger, 'Die mythologischen Sarkophage' (Teil 1), Berlin 1999, pp. 253-4, nos. 35-6 Census ID 157936). See also Bober.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 21v-22, p. 65.
For a general introduction to the sketchbook see 1898,1123.3.1
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