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Two nude children, one frightening the other with a mask
Verso: Part of a woman holding a dish
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Height: 110 millimetres
Width: 186 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Correggio's Drawings', London, 1957, p. 170; A.G. Quintavalle, 'Michelangelo Anselmi', Parma, 1960, p. 119; A.E. Popham, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, artists working in Parma', London, 1967, no. 24, p. 16, pls 19A-B
On entering the Museum in 1946 the drawing was placed with Polidoro da Caravaggio. The subsequent attribution to Anselmi is based on the resemblance to the drawing at Windsor which is authenticated by its connection with one of the pendentives painted by Anselmi in the Oratorio della Concezione at Parma (cf. T,12.33). The drawing on the verso might possibly be a study for the female figure in the l. foreground of 'The Birth of the Virgin' on another of the pendentives (Quintavalle, 'Anselmi', fig. 99).
The recto motif is derived from the Antique : it occurs, for example, on a late Roman sarcophagus copied by Pierre Jacques in Rome in the 1570's with the annotation "Apresso monte cavallo" (see S. Reinach, 'L'Album de Pierre Jacques', Paris, 1902, pl. 77) and on another in the Museum at Agrigento (Vincenzo Tusa, 'I sarcofagi romani in Sicilia', Palermo, 1957, pl. xiii).
Literature: Popham, Correggio, p. 170, Cat. Anselmi 6; Quintavalle, Anselmi, p. 119.
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