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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 48th opening
left (1898,1123.3(47) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(48) recto) with five drunken putti; five figures, three of them in classical military costume; torso of a marble cuirass statue (left-hand page); elevation of the upper part of Bramante's palace for Raphael (Casa di Raffaello); statue of Pan; and a recumbent nude man (right-hand page) c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, on vellum prepared with a light green (left) and brown (right) wash
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
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As observed by Bober (1957, p. 75) the five drunken putti are after a fragmentary frieze today in Villa Medici (M. Cagiano de Azevedo, 'Le Antichità di Villa Medici', Roma, 1951, no. 271, pl. IL, 106; see www.census.de, ID 16663) and originally part of the della Valle collection. The figures below seem to be Aspertini's own invention, while the torso was also in the della Valle collection and is now restored as Trajan in the Uffizi, Florence (A. Mansuelli, 'Galleria degli Uffizi. Le sculture', Firenze 1958-1961, II, p. 82, no. 83, see www.census.de, ID 16551). For other drawings in this sketch-book after statues or reliefs in the della Valle Collection see also 1898,1123.3.3; 1898,1123.3.5; 1898,1123.3.7; 1898,1123.3.13; 1898,1123.3.16; 1898,1123.3.36; 1898,1123.3; 1898,1123.3. 45 and 1898,1123.3.48 [Bober 2v-3, 4v-5, 7, 12v-13, 15v-16, 37, 38v-39, 45v, 48v].
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f. 47v, p. 75.
The Palazzo Caprini in Rome, where Raphael resided, has been destroyed (http://www.dapt.ing.unibo.it/nuovosito/Docenti/Bettazzi/corsobet/rinascimentoroma/Slide35.JPG ). Aspertini's drawing concentrates only on the far right end of the façade, including only one window of the first floor and the top part of the arch on the ground floor. The figure of Pan is here wrapped in a mantle, bearded and his pipes are rendered as a book. Bober (1957, p. 76) believes it's close to a figure now in Villa d'Este (S. Reinach, 'Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine', Paris 1897-1930, I, 415). According to Brugnoli (1983, p. 88) the Satyr might represent Aspertini when he was struck by mental illness, possibly referring to Vasari's account of Aspertini's madness during the government of Francesco Guicciardini in Bologna between 1531 and 1534 (see G. Vasari, ‘Le vite’ (1568), ed. by P. Barocchi-R. Bettarini, Florence 1976, IV, p. 498)
Lit.: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, f48, p. 76; M.V. Brugnoli, 'Note sulla cultura figurative e cronologica nella maturità dell'Aspertini', in "Paragone", 401-403, 1983, pp. 88.
For a general introduction to the sketchbook see 1898,1123.3.1
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