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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 43d opening
left (1898,1123.3(42) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(43) recto) with classical sculptures of Dioscuri (Horse Tamers) on the Quirinal Hill in Rome c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, grey wash, over black chalk, touches of white heightening, on vellum with a grey wash
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
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- This opening represents the colossal Dioscuri statues on the Quirinal Hill in Rome (the hill takes also the name of "Monte Cavallo" after the sculptures). On the left-hand page is the OPUS FIDIAE and on the right the OPUS PRAXITELIS (so called after the inscriptions on the monuments; Bober-Rubinstein 1986, no. 125, see www.census.de, ID 214229 and ID 214231). Aspertini reinterpreted this group on the left on a drawing in Berlin (Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, cat. dis. 80, pp. 295-6).
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 42v-43, p. 72; P.P. Bober-R. Rubinstein, 'Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture', New York, 1986, under no. 125; M. Faietti-D. Scaglietti Kelescian, 'Amico Aspertini', Modena, 1995, under cat. dis. 80, pp. 295-6.
For a general introduction to the sketchbook see 1898,1123.3.1
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