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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 45th opening
left (1898,1123.3(44) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(45) recto) with Amazonomachy frieze, battle between Greeks and the legendary female warriors the Amazons c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, over black chalk, touches of white heightening, on vellum prepared with a green wash
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
- Curator's comments
- As observed by Bober (1957, p. 74) this is after the central portion of a sarcophagus in the Vatican used in the 16th century as a fountan basin under the River God Tigris (C. Robert, 'Die antiken Sarkophagreliefs', Berlin 1890-, II, p. 99f, no. 80, pl. XXXIV-V and D. Grassinger, 'Die mythologischen Sarkophage' (Teil 1), Berlin, 1999, p. 240, no. 101, see www.census.de, ID 16515) and she believes that Aspertini saw it before its restoration, as one can gather from differences like for instance the grotesque head on the ground of the right-hand page instead of a helmet, or the head of the figure standing in the middle, which is facing the opposite way and represents an old bearded man instead of a beardless youth. See also Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, p. 76, n.112.
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 44v-45, p. 74; M. Faietti-D. Scaglietti Kelescian, 'Amico Aspertini', Modena, 1995, p. 76, n.112.
For a general introduction to the sketchbook see 1898,1123.3.1
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