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Venus Anadyomene, after Raphael; a nude female seen from behind, her foot on a scallop shell
Offset from a red chalk drawing
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Height: 227 millimetres
Width: 115 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The figure is a copy after one in a fresco in Cardinal Bibbiena's bathroom.
Watermark: encircled anchor ?.
Pouncey & Gere 1962
This figure occurs in one of the frescoes in Cardinal Bibbiena's Bathroom (see 1895,0915.632). The fresco was engraved by Marco da Ravenna (B. xiv, p. 243, 323). To judge from the handling, comparable with that of such drawings as Louvre 4017 (Hartt, fig. 44), Haarlem A 62 (Hartt, fig. 43) and Chatsworth case 28, no. 53, the original of this offset may well have belonged to this group of highly finished red chalk studies, connected with Raphael projects. They are inferior in quality to some others of the same type and in our opinion are more likely to be by Giulio.
Crowe and Cavalcaselle suggest that 1939,0201.1 might have been offset from Munich 2459. The latter, though it resembles 1939,0201.1 closely in reverse, does not correspond exactly with it and is of inferior quality.
Literature: C & C, ii, p. 335; Ruland, p. 276, i, no. 3.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1983, BM, 'Drawings by Raphael', No. 188
2020-2021, 7 Dec - 28 March, Raphael's Line, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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