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Two women carrying a body over their shoulders to right
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash
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Height: 167 millimetres
Width: 179 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This was formerly given to Polidoro, the attribution to the young Taddeo was independently proposed by John Gere, Jak Katalan and Carlo Pedretti.
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', I, London, 1935, p. 35, no. 3 (as Polidoro); P.Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Raphael and his circle', London, 1962, I, no. 200, II, pl. 168, as Polidoro (with previous literature); C. Pedretti, review of J.A. Gere, 'Taddeo Zuccaro : his development studied in his drawings', "Italian Quarterly", Spring-Summer 1972 (as Taddeo Zuccaro); A. Marabottini, 'Polidoro da Caravaggio', Rome, 1969, I, no. 84, II, pl. XC, 3 (as Polidoro); L. Ravelli, 'Polidoro Caldara da Caravaggio', Bergamo, 1978, no. 115 (as Polidoro); J. Katalan, 'A Taddeo Zuccaro Drawing in the British Museum', "Master Drawings", XXXII, Spring 1994, pp. 60-1, fig. 1; J.A. Gere, 'Taddeo Zuccaro: Addenda and Corrigenda', "Master Drawings", XXXIII, Autumn 1995, no. 104-A, p. 264, fig. 40; N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 368
Pouncey & Gere 1962
The attribution to Polidoro, dating back at least to the late seventeenth century, is confirmed by the quality of the drawing. The lateral movement of the figures, and the (presumably) mythological subject-matter, suggest that this is part of a design for a frieze: the pen-strokes on the r.-hand edge, where the sheet must have been cut, are no doubt part of the drapery of another figure moving to the r.
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 35, no. 3.
The traditional attribution to Polidoro da Caravaggio (1490/1500-43?) was maintained by Popham and by Pouncey and Gere. The strong stylistic and technical resemblance to the early drawing style of Taddeo Zuccaro, for example a number of drawings in the British Museum (Gere and Pouncey, 1983, nos 323 recto, 324 and 326 recto) was later noted independently by Katalan and Gere. Certainly the fluency of line, the broadness of the wash as well as certain mannerisms in the suggestion of the anatomy, seem typical of the early work of the master.
Literature: Popham, 1935, I, p. 35, no. 3 (as Polidoro da Caravaggio); Pouncey and Gere, 1962, no. 200 (as Polidoro da Caravaggio); Katalan, 1994, pp. 60-64 (as Taddeo Zuccaro); Gere, 1995, p. 264, no. 104-A (as Taddeo Zuccaro).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1962/3 Nov-Sep, BM, Raphael and his Circle (P+G)
1978, BM, Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM, no.230
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- Acquisition notes
- Verso inscribed with a method of pricing known to have been used by Gibson.
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