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Seated nude male, looking up to right, with a putto
Verso: Seated figure of Justice; half-length to front
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Height: 134 millimetres
Width: 193 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 266
The drawing is one of several that were thought by Popham to be not worth cataloguing in his 1935 Fenwick publication. Upon entering the collection in 1946, it was registered without an attribution, but was placed with the unmounted drawings of the Cavaliere d'Arpino (1568-1640). At a later date Popham had it mounted and placed as Andrea Sacchi (q.v.) and finally, in 1978, at the suggestion of Dr Peter Dreyer (note on the mount), the sheet was transferred to de' Pietri.
The nude youth on the recto is seated on a ledge before a lunette decorated with a swag. He appears to be pointing upwards to the right, or else supporting an object in his left hand beyond the limits of the sheet. The subject matter and the 'di sotto in sù' perspective suggest it was intended as a design for a ceiling.
A black chalk drawing in the Bowdoin College of Art preserves the design for a compartment in a ceiling decoration, in this case with music-making figures (inv. no. 1811.12; Becker, 1985, no. 77 verso). Since it is close in style to the British Museum sheet it is conceivable that they were drawn in connection with the same project.
The figure of Justice studied on the verso of the British Museum drawing was also presumably intended for the same scheme.
Literature: Harris, 1965, pp.603, 606-7 (as Sacchi).
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