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A group of six standing nude figures
Pen and black ink
- Production date
- 1530-1540 (circa)
Height: 103 millimetres
Width: 69 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Achim Gnann dates this to Parmigianino's Roman period, 1524-6, but Popham's slightly later dating on stylistic grounds is retained.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, no. 251, pl. 401; A. Gnann, 'Parmigianino, Die Zeichnung', Petersberg, 2007, no. 318
This may be no more than a casual agglomeration of unrelated figures, but it could equally well be a sketch for some such composition as the 'Clemency of Scipio' or the 'Marriage of Alexander and Roxana' or 'Vulcan showing Venus and Mars caught in the net to the assembled Gods'. Parmigianino treated the second of these three subjects in a drawing in the Hamburg Kunsthalle (21266; photo. Gernsheim 16906; facsimile by Metz, Weigel 5688; old copy in the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 37159). For his treatment of the third, see 1895,0915.751.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 200.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- For a note on the acquisition history, see 1905,1110.11.
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