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Aspertini sketch-book (so-called London I): 8th opening
left (1898,1123.3(8) verso) and right-hand page (1898,1123.3(9) recto) with a trophy relief flanked by a seated soldier on the left and a woman on the right (upper part of opening); battling centaurs (lower part of opening) c. 1535
Pen and brown ink, grey wash, small touches of white heightening, on vellum prepared with a brown wash
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 184 millimetres (each page)
- Curator's comments
- According to Bober the upper tier is loosely based upon the decoration of the pedestal of Trajan's column and embellished with three figures. Although the correspondence between drawing and relief is not overwhelming, the connection is established by a similar drawing in Aspertini's earlier Wolfegg Codex (f. 18v-19), inscribed "in lo basamento de la colona". See Schweikhart 1986, pp. 59-60; see also Settis et al., 'La colonna Traiana', Turin, 1988, p. 47, figs. 20-23. The female figure sitting on the far right of the upper tier is, according to Bober, inspired by the matron giving the baby a bath on the right hand section on the biographical sarcophagus of Saint Peter's, today in the Los Angeles County Museum (http://collectionsonline.lacma.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=13890;type=101) which he had previously amply reported in the Wolfegg Codex (ff. 25v-26 upper tier, 27v.-28; Schweikhart 1986, pp. 65-6, 69-71). See also top left-hand page of 1898,1123.3.25 and top left hand page of 1898,1123.3.29. See Bober 1957, pp. 54 and 66, and Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, p. 228 under cat. dis. 9. For other sheets with scenes from Trajan's Column see ff. 1898,1123.3.2, 1898,1123.3.5, 1898,1123.3.6, 1898,1123.3.10, 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, 22v, 37v-38, 38v-39; and for general comments on Aspertini and Trajan's Column see Bober 1957, pp. 30-2, Agosti-Farinella 1984, pp. 403-6 and Settis, cit., pp. 556-61, 572-4. The lower tier is a Centauromachia which Aspertini had already drawn in Wolfegg Codex , f. 42v-43, from a lost sarcophagus, possibly seen in Rome by the artist in the house of the Florentine citizen Agnolo Doni (Bober 1957, p. 55 and Schweikhart 1986, pp. 100-1). The subject is also on f. 1898,1123.3.12 and in a drawing in the Uffizi (Faietti-Scaglietti 1995, cat. dis. 87r, pp. 302-3).
Lit: P.P. Bober, 'Drawings after the Antique by Amico Aspertini. Sketchbooks in the British Museum', London, 1957, ff. 7v-8, pp. 18, 54-5, 66; 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; G. Schweikhart, 'Der Wolfegg Codex. Zeichnungen nach der Antike von Amico Aspertini', London, 1986, pp. 60, 101; M. Faietti-D. Scaglietti Kelescian , 'Amico Aspertini', Modena, 1995, p. 177 and under cat. dis. 87, p. 303.
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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