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Study of a man (St Lawrence) reclining, his left arm raised
Black chalk, squared for transfer
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Height: 242 millimetres
Width: 396 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed on the basis of an old inscription to Prospero Orsi. Dr Alessandro Zuccari suggested instead that it is by the Marchigian artist Filippo Bellini, noting that the pose corresponds to that of the main figure in the 'Martyrdom of St Lawrence' in the Church of Sant'Agostino at Recanati (orally to Rhoda Eitel-Porter, September 1994). Ben Thomas in 2001 pointed out that the figure is based on the figure of Goliath as studied in a drawing by Daniele da Volterra in the Louvre (inv. 1513; Thomas fig. 7). He suggests that the drawing might be a copy after a lost Daniele drawing for the double-sided painting on slate of 'David and Goliath' in the Louvre in Paris. The possibility that Bellini might have taken his idea from the same prototype is plausible; however, this drawing is not typical of his draughtsmanship.
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. 90, no. 1 (as Prosperino Romano); J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, I, no. 230, II, pl. 219 (as Prospero Orsi); B. Thomas, "'The lantern of painting': Michelangelo, Daniele da Volterra and the paragone", "Apollo", August 2001, p. 49, n. 26, pp. 52-3
Gere & Pouncey 1983
The attribution of this weakly Arpinesque drawing is presumably to Prospero Orsi, described by Baglione as 'Romano' and as a friend and follower of the Cavaliere d'Arpino who "con gran studio cercava d'imitar quella maniera nelle sue pitture". Popham describes the drawing as a study for Adam in a 'Creation of Man', but such a figure might equally well occur in a 'Resurrection' or a 'Conversion of St Paul'.
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 90.
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- Gere & Pouncey 1983
Unidentified armorial stamp, a chevron between three unidentifiable objects, probably surmounted by a coronet, on old backing.
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