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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 26th opening
left (1898,1123.3(26) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(27) recto) with a classical battle scene c. 1535
Black chalk, brown wash, on vellum
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
- Curator's comments
- Bober believes this opening to be one of the most recent entries in the sketch-book, possibly for its extremely sketchy rendering and the fact that the bottom part of the sheets has been left empty. She observes that the image on the right-hand page corresponds to that of f. 50 of Aspertini's earlier Wolfegg Codex and that the missing f. 49v of that sketch-book presumably represented the left half of the battle (which here is represented on left-hand page). She also believes that both this and the Wolfegg drawing are inspired by the battle of the sixth winding of Trajan's column (K. Lehmann-Hartleben, 'Die Trajanssäule', Berlin and Leipzig, 1926, XLI, 109-11 and Settis et al., 'La colonna Traiana' Turin, 1988, no. 63), but Agosti and Farinella (1984, p. 406, n.11) don't accept this connection, for neither the present sheet nor for the one in the Codex Wolfegg. See also Schweikhart 1986, p. 118.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 25v-26, p. 66; G. Agosti-V. Farinella, Calore del marmo. Pratica e Tipologia delle deduzioni iconografiche, in "Memoria dell'antico nell'arte italiana", a cura di S. Settis, I, 'L'uso dei classici', Turin, 1984, p. 406, n11; P. Bober - R. Rubinstein, 'Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture', New York, 1986, under no. 159; G. Schweikhart, 'Der Wolfegg Codex. Zeichnungen nach der Antike von Amico Aspertini', London, 1986, p. 118.
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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