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Head of Pope Clement X Altieri, after G B Gaulli; turned slightly to right, looking to front, wearing a cap
Red and black chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper
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Height: 344 millimetres
Width: 200 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Copied after Gaulli's recently discovered painting in the Uffizi, Florence, F. Petrucci, 'Baciccio, Giovanni Battista Gaulli 1639-1709', Rome, 2009, no. A14, p. 371.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of Drawings in the Collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., now in the possession of his Grandson, T. Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick of Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham', London, 1935, p. 144, no. 4; N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 407
The drawing was formerly attributed to Bernini, but as Popham first pointed out, it corresponds closely with the engraving by Pierre Simon (c. 1650-1710), an impression of which is in the British Museum (inv. no. 1876,0708.111). This is inscribed "Gio. Batta Gaulli del. pinx.", implying both a drawn and painted portrait were the basis for the print. The difference in scale and certain weaknesses of handling suggest that the British Museum drawing was copied from one or other of the two models. The style and technique recall Bernini and the old attribution to him is understandable; but comparison with Bernini's authentic chalk studies, such as the 'Portrait of Clement X' (Harris, 1977(b), fig. 91) underscores the difference in quality.
Literature: Popham, 1935, I, p. 144.
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