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An angel holding a scroll, cherubim below, within an arch
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, heightened with white, on light brown prepared paper, with lines indented
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 408 millimetres
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- Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 23
In a pencil note on the reverse of the old backing, Pouncey pointed out the connection with a workshop drawing, in the Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia, showing the same angel carrying a scroll, but this time with the inscription "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES" (Brauer and Wittkower, 1931, II, pl. 152a). Both drawings reflect Bernini's early design for the conch in the upper of two niches in the northwest pier of the crossing of St Peter's, Rome. Bernini directed the redecoration of all four piers of the crossing in 1633-41 (Lavin, 1968, p. 21, who quotes Pollak, 1928-31, II, pp.467ff). Andrea Bolgi's statue of 'St Helena', the mother of Constantine (1630-39), stands in the lower niche of this pier. In the final design, carried out in stucco, the angel was replaced by a group of putti (Lavin, 1968, fig. 1).
The drawing is on thin, oiled paper and the principal outlines are indented, suggesting that they were traced from another sheet. However, these indications were worked up by a competent hand.
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