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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 30th opening
left (1898,1123.3(29*) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(30) recto) with scene from Trajan's Column: Roman scouts leaving an encampment and crossing a bridge c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on vellum (the surface partly rubbed with black chalk)
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
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- Bober observes that this opening derives from scene XXI/49-50 of Trajan's Column (K. Lehmann-Hartleben, 'Die Trajanssäule', Berlin and Leipzig, 1926 and Settis et al., 'La colonna Traiana', Turin, 1988, no. 24) and that they are the continuation of the image described on f. 1898,1123.3.25 of this sketch-book (Bober 1957, p. 66). Agosti and Farinella believe that for all these scenes (including f. 1898,1123.3.30 of this sketch-book) Aspertini based himself on anonymous engravings of the school of Raphael (Bartsch XIV, 203-205) and they use this example for their argument that Aspertini did not base himself at all on the actual Column for the London sketch-book, but that he used his previous Codex Wolfegg and other artists' sources (see Agosti-Farinella 1984, pp. 403-6, n.11). For other sheets with scenes from Trajan's Column see ff. 1898,1123.3.2, 1898,1123.3.5,1898,1123.3.6, 1898,1123.3.8, 1898,1123.3.10, 1898,1123.3.23-25, 1898,1123.3.27-34, 1898,1123.3.41 [Bober 5v-6, 7v-8, 9v-10, 22v-25, 26v-35, 41v-42]; and Codex Wolfegg ff. 9, 9v, 18v, 19 (base), 22v, 37v-38, 38v-39 (see G. Schweikhart, 'Der Wolfegg Codex. Zeichnungen nach der Antike von Amico Aspertini', London, 1986). For general comments on Aspertini and Trajan's Column see Bober 1957, pp. 30-2, Agosti and Farinella 1984, pp. 403-6 and Settis et al, cit., pp. 556-61, 572-4.
Lit.:P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 29v-30, p. 66-7; 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, n.11; P. Bober - R. Rubinstein, 'Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture', New York, 1986, under no. 159.
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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