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The meeting of Pope Leo I and Attila the Hun, after Penni (?); a figure being carried on a chair amid a crowd at l, figures on horseback at r
Brush drawing in brown wash, heightened with white (mostly oxidised), on green prepared paper
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Height: 288 millimetres
Width: 576 millimetres
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- 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, pp. 94-5, no. 15 (as After Raphael); P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, no. 71, II, pl. 64
Pouncey & Gere 1962
A drawing identical in composition and, almost, in size, also from the Lawrence Collection, is in the Ashmolean (Parker 645; repr. 'Art Bulletin', xl (1958), opp. p. 304). Parker corrects Popham's statement that 1946,0713.594 is a copy of a drawing in the Louvre. The latter (3873; Braun 62235, repr. H. de Chennevières, 'Dessins du Louvre, École italienne', Raphaël 15) is quite different: it is a modello of high quality and in our opinion more likely to be by Giulio Romano, representing an early idea by Raphael for the fresco in the Stanza d'Eliodoro, from which it differs only in the l.-hand group - the Pope being relegated to the far distance - and in the gesture of Attila himself. 1946,0713/594 and Ashmolean 645, on the other hand, resemble the fresco and the Louvre drawing at all closely only in the flying Saints and in one of the horses. While in theory they should reproduce a lost study by Raphael, as indeed Parker has contended, the composition is surely too stilted and clumsy to be anything other than the work of some mediocre follower. To judge from the group of the Pope and his entourage this could well have been Penni. The purpose of the lost original remains obscure, but it was presumably some kind of pastiche derivation from the fresco.
Literature: Ruland, p. 202, no. 10(?); Popham, Fenwick, p. 94, no. 15; Parker, Ashmolean, under 645.
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