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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 5th opening
left (1898,1123.3(5) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(6) recto) with six statues, four in niches (check): female figure in mantle; Hercules holding club and lion skin; nude male figure with mantle over outstretched left arm (all left page); Orpheus holding curved harp in left hand; youthful nude Bacchus with an animal at his side; and a putto riding a marine monster (all right page) c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, small touches of white heightening, on vellum
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
- Curator's comments
- These supplement the statues represented on 1898,1123.3.3, which came from the della Valle Rustici Collection in Rome; except for the female figure enveloped in a mantle on the far left. According to Bober it is likely that Aspertini's source for this figure is a Roman historical relief with a statue of the type inserted at its left (relief today in Villa Medici, S. Reinach, Repertoire de la statuaire grecque at romaine, Paris 1897-1930, III, 313, 1, and see Bober 1957, fig. 15; see www.census.de, ID 22211), just as the statue inserted on the right of the relief served as model for a figure on the right-hand sheet of 1898,1123.3.7; Bober (p. 52) believes that the relief was found already by the 1530s in the palace of Andrea della Valle (later della Valle Capranica; see also under 1898,1123.3.7). In the centre of the left-hand sheet is Hercules, probably from the statue now in Pitti (Reinach, cit., II, 211, 2; see www.census.de, ID 16396) and the standing male figure on the right is, according to Bober, most likely to be from the statue of Mercury today in Palazzo Pitti, Florence (Reinach, cit., II, 149, 7; Bober 1957, fig. 16, see www.census.de, ID 16444). On the left of the right-hand page is Orpheus, which was cited by a 16th century source but infact not recorded as such in the inventory of the collection. There were instead recorded two figures of Apollo, one of which seems to have had a "testa moderna" (modern head), which would explain the absence of long Apolline locks in Aspertini's rendering. For an extensive comment on the various possible sources for this figure see Bober 1957, p. 52. On the right a youthful naked figure, possibly Bacchus, holding an object in his left hand. Bober describes the animal at his feet as a "panther", although it seems to be more like a griffin without wings, which might suggest an identification of the statue with Apollo(?). At the bottom of the sheet is a Putto riding a marine monster, the "Ketos" which was placed over a window on one short wall of the court of the della Valle Rustici Collection, as a pendant to the porphyry she-wolf with Romulus and Remus at the opposite end (see Bober 1957, pp. 49 and 53 and under 1898,1123.3.3). For further observations about the della Valle collection see under 18188.8.131.52 and 1898,1123.3.45. For other drawings in this sketch-book after statues or reliefs in the della Valle Collection see also 1898,1123.3.3; 1898,1123.3.7; 1898,1123.3.13; 1898,1123.3.16; 1898,1123.3.36; 1898,1123.38; 1898,1123.3. 45; 1898,1123.3.47 and 1898,1123.3.48 [Bober 2v-3, 7, 12v-13, 15v-16, 37, 38v-39, 45v, 47v, 48v].
Lit: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, ff. 4v-5, pp. 51-3.
For a general introduction to the sketchbook see 1898,1123.3.1
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