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Adoration of the Magi; the Virgin and Child seated at l, Joseph behind, a king kneeling with a gift before them, two other kings and three children to right
Pen and brown ink, over graphite
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Height: 220 millimetres
Width: 176 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Milan Togner in his recent study of Ciampelli did not think this was by the artist ('piuttosto improbabile').
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 345; M. Togner, in exhib. cat., Olomouc, Museo d'arte, 'Agostino Ciampelli 1565-1630, Diegni', 2000, no B 47, p. 94 (as Ciampelli ?)
On entering the Museum the drawing was classified as anonymous Italian and placed in the unmounted series. The attribution to Ciampelli was first suggested by Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò in December 1980. The drawing should be compared especially to Ciampelli's sheet of studies of 'Putti Holding an Escutcheon', in the same technique, in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. no. 852 F; Florence, 1979, no. 44). A note in the departmental register, however, points out a purported connection with a painting of the 'Adoration of the Magi' by G B. Ricci da Novara in S. Marcello al Corso, Rome (Venturi, 1901-39, ix (5), fig.533), an observation that is almost certainly Philip Pouncey's. While it is true that the arrangements of the figures depends closely on those in Ricci's composition, there are differences in the setting. Given that the style of the drawing is not Ricci's, the likelihood remains that Ciampelli adapted the design to his own purpose.
Literature: Turner, 1994, p.91 and fig.24.
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